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Send ALL My Friends to School

Karen Garvin from the Global Campaign for Education introduces this year's focus for Send My Friend to School. At present, 57 million children worldwide are missing out on their basic human right to a quality education and over a third of them have a disability. For 2014 Send ALL My Friends to School highlights the children with disabilities who are missing out most on education. A free pack and masses of on-line resources bring the lives of Lucy, Abdi and Difasi into the classroom and explain to pupils at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 how they can be part of the important process of changing these lives. TV presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan introduces the campaign DVD, which is part of a free pack with colour case study posters and a Teachers Guide – available for all schools that sign up. Through Ade’s eyes, pupils learn about the barriers to education for children with disabilities, and get a step-by-step guide on how to take part in this year’s campaign. Pupils from Ade's old primary school (Southern Road Primary in east London) helped him make this film. Lucy from Kenya is eleven years old. She has polio which affects her right leg and doesn’t go to school as there’s no way of getting there.We meet 11-year-old Lucy from Kenya in the film and on one of the colour posters; she has polio and has never been to school. Her life is explored via real life stories and in resources tailored for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stages 2/3. Assembly PowerPoints have been created to explain the promise world leaders made in 2000 on Education for All and what we can do to help children like Lucy. Education and Disability fact sheets are also tailored for Key Stage 1 and Key Stages 2/3, and look at the many challenges for disabled children trying to get an education and what can be done to address these. There are some great learning materials specifically for Primary pupils including the Sensory Bag, which encourages them to experience the world around them and learn how they use all their senses and the 5W’s, in which pupils are invited to choose a real life story and answer the What, Why, Who, Where and When questions. For Secondary pupils the activities of Circles of Influence and a how to write an Inspiring Letter to their MP will introduce them to political literacy and explain how they can be part of the democratic process. As Ade says, "We must prioritise the needs of children with disabilities now!"   The Send ALL My Friends to School campaign and resources present a great starting point for highlighting the issue of educational access for young people across the world. You might also want to think about how you address this global issue in your classroom beyond the campaign. Take a look at the Global Learning Programme (GLP) resources on Education which provide extra information and support to help you develop this theme in the curriculum.