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Send My Friend to School

Go for Gold! in 2012 with Send My Friend to School

Call on world leaders to meet the challenge - get all children into school by 2015. Athletes from around the world will converge on London this year to compete and achieve to the best of their abilities. But globally, 67 million children are still held back from reaching their potential because they don't get an education. Each year millions of teachers and students from around the world remind their leaders of the important promise they made to get every child into school by 2015. And it is working; 50 million more children are in school right now than in 2000. But like an athlete hitting the wall, progress has faltered. With only three years to go before the finish line of 2015, we need a new surge of energy to make sure all children get the chance to take part in the great education race. New free resources from the Global Campaign for Education offer fun activities to help learners engage with the issue, and raise their voices for Education for All. Sign up to get a free resource pack:

Send My Friend to School

This year's campaign, inspired by the Olympic Games, calls on leaders to Go for Gold! for education. Creative activity and teaching ideas will help learners engage with the issues across the English, Geography and Citizenship curricula, and encourage them to raise their voices with their political representatives. Children from Ysgol Pen y Bryn in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, were invited to deliver their messages to No 10 Downing Street by their MP, David Jones, after he attended a special Assembly at the school. (photo: Mark Chilvers/ActionAid)In 2011 600,000 children in nearly 5,000 UK schools and youth groups took part, sending decorated ‘sister’ characters and messages to their MPs to highlight how girls are the most likely to miss out on education. More than 640 MPs received messages, 98% of the MPs in Parliament, and over 100 MPs met children to talk about the campaign. At you’ll find extra information about the campaign, including lesson plans, extra videos, case studies and background material. A Go for Gold online animation and game sets out the issues in a fun and accessible way, ideal for home and classroom use:

Take action now

On current trends over 50 million children will still be out of school by 2015. We need to send a clear message to our leaders that they must do more. Sign up to take part and get your free resource pack, including teacher’s guide, posters and stickers.

Stay in touch

To stay up to date with the campaign, and see what schools around the UK are getting up to, you can like the Send My Friend Facebook page or follow them on twitter @sendmyfriend.

More about Send My Friend to School

Send My Friend to School is run by the Global Campaign for Education, a partnership of charities and teachers’ unions, and involves young campaigners in over 100 countries.