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Young campaigners take their case to Westminster

Published on 17/07/17

Students from East Point Academy have lobbied senior figures in Parliament to improve access to education for children across the globe.

Rita Laranjeiro, 14, and Levi Lawson, 15, delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street on behalf of classmates and met ministers in the House of Commons on behalf of Send My Friend To School, a national project bringing together young people to speak up to the right to education for children across the world. 

The pair were chosen as campaign champions after impressing East Point principal Richard Dolding and campaign organisers with their passion and commitment to the cause.

They travelled to London on Monday, July 10 for an ‘action day’ where they met Minister for International Development Alistair Burt and International Development Committee chair Stephen Twigg MP.

They also visited Waveney MP Peter Aldous in the House of Commons.

The students urged the politicians to support the Global Partnership for Education, a worldwide organisation working to ensure quality education for all children.

The organisation says that 263 million children across the globe are missing out on an education that is vital for lifting them out of hunger and poverty.

Levi said: "It was amazing to visit the House of Commons as well as hand in our petition at Number 10. My experience was very enlightening, and I was able to see at first hand the workings of Parliament itself and gain an insight into the very busy working day of my constituency MP.”

East Point’s head of citizenship Louise Hacker said: "We encourage our young people to campaign about issues that they feel strongly about, so they can develop their political voice and understand the role they have in democracy.

“We’re all very proud of Rita and Levi for their involvement in this fantastic campaign.”