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Don’t ever complain about your children’s homework #upforschool

 

Jane and Sarah Brown #upforschool

Jane and Sarah Brown #upforschool

 

I was thrilled to be invited by Sarah Brown to the rally to launch  A World at School‘s #upforschool yesterday and felt honoured Jane Hamerton got a mention by her. I was blown away by the passion and dedication of all the speakers. The rally took place to highlight the fact that there are 58 million children globally who are unable to go to school without danger or discrimination. I was allowed to bring along my darling daughter, who also works for a charity, and we took our places in a hall filled with young people and some hard hitting campaigners at the Southbank in London.

 

Thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

Amrit Kaur Lohia with thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

The youth ambassador, Amrit Kaur Lohia started by warming up the hall with her powerful singing voice and Ade Adepitan, the Paralympic Medalist, compered the rest of the afternoon very professionally. Gordon Brown (Special Envoy for Global Education)  gave a barnstorming speech without notes. I was shocked to learn that there are 15 million child brides per year, the same number of child labourers and 32 million girls who have no education and half a million who have been trafficked in horrible ways.

Ade Adepitan With thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

Ade Adepitan- with thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

 

One of the highlights of the day was listening to the Q&A session with Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi .  He has worked tirelessly to end slavery and told us he has even nearly lost his life by trying to stop vile acts against children by slave masters, traffickers and gang masters. He says “Freedom is divine, freedom is truth. Every child has the right to be free and to be educated. Slavery is one of the worst forms of violence but denial of the right to learn is another form of violence.”

 

Gordon Brown & Kailash Satyarthi wiith thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

Gordon Brown & Kailash Satyarthi with thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

 

There were passionate messages from the 2 young girls, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan who were sitting with Malala on the fateful day she was shot by the Taliban. They are World at School Global Youth Ambassadors and children’s education campaigners who said that books are their future and education is a fundamental right for young people.

 

We also heard speeches by Kevin Watkins from the Overseas Development Institute and Ann Cotton OBE the founder of Campaign for Female Education.

 

We watched emotional video footage of children whose schools had been destroyed by war, blind Ugandans who had been forced to marry at a young age and have children & Moussa who said his life would be much easier if he could be at school.

Sarah Brown with Shazia & Kainat with thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

Sarah Brown with Shazia & Kainat with thanks to Oliver Dixon /A World At School

 

When Sarah Brown took to the podium she told us a World at School have now secured 12 million signatures for #upforschool from organisations such as Avaaz, African Teachers Network (ANCEFA), Shining Hope for Communities in Kenya, Pearson, Western Union, Reed Smith, Hearst Magazines and the Global Campaign for Education in the United States and she thanked me –  Jane Hamerton. I was bursting with prided to be mentioned. I am a partner on the shop of the Theirworld website.

She urged us to get more signatures. I was inspired as a small business to continue to spread the word and help in some small way.

Jane and Sarah Brown

Jane and Sarah Brown

What can you do?

Please sign the petition #upforschool it won’t take a minute

You can visit the Theirworld site to order towels and products

Tweet about it, put it on Facebook and generally shout about #upforschool – nothing happens without pressure and passion!

Jane and Ade Adepitan chatting about Lagos

Jane and Ade Adepitan chatting about Lagos

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