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Students speak out in Parliament for global education

Published on 14/09/17

Two East Point Academy students have joined the former Prime Minister of Australia to campaign in Westminster for better education for children across the globe.

Rita Laranjeiro, 14, and Levi Lawson, 15, spoke to ministers and MPs alongside Julia Gillard, former Australian PM and global education advocate, on Wednesday, September 13.

The students were chosen to represent the 300,000 UK supporters of Send My Friend To School, a national project bringing together young people to speak up for the right to education for children across the world, after impressing East Point principal Richard Dolding and campaign organisers with their passion and commitment to the cause.

They were joined by Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian refugee and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, for a Parliamentary panel to promote the campaigning work that has been taking place in schools across the UK, where students have been creating jigsaw-piece schools to symbolise the missing piece in the global education puzzle – the investment in quality schooling for all children.

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

As campaign champions, Rita and Levi have already made their voices heard in Parliament, visiting in July to meet International Development Committee chair Stephen Twigg MP, Minister for International Development Alistair Burt, and MP for Waveney Peter Aldous.

Levi said: “It is an honour to represent young people from across the UK and speak up for the millions of children around the world who are missing out on an education.”

East Point Academy’s head of citizenship Louise Hacker added: “This has been a brilliant opportunity for our students to learn about how change happens and the importance of using your political voice.

“I am really proud of Rita and Levi and what they have achieved.”