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The inspiring event at Facebook HQ for #upforschool @theirworld – Friday 6th March 2015

Jane on her first day in primary school in Kenya, East Africa

Jane on her first day at primary school in Kenya, East Africa

I felt so lucky to be invited to Facebook’s HQ for International Women’s Day near Regent’s Park on Friday. The reason I had been invited is I’m a small Suffolk business that makes gifts for  Theirworld shop. The excitement started  the day before with a social media campaign #TBT – Throwback Thursday to get folk to sign the #upforschoolcampaign which has already got a whopping 3 million signatures. This campaign  is calling  on world leaders to keep their promise to get all children into school and learning without danger or discrimination.  My picture was taken on my first day in primary school in Kenya a million years ago!

The HQ is achingly cool, trendy furniture, amazing views, very young FB employees, a wall for  lego graffiti, boxes of old fashioned games falling off shelves where we put our coats and sweets for sale….

Nicola  Mendelsohn, Facebook's vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

 

The room was filled with young people and Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa introduced the event with passion and enthusiasm and then led an interesting Q&A discussion on technology, entrepreunership and education with Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of UK Elle, Mohima Ahmed is a young app developer and Chloe Macintosh founder of  made.com

Elle

 

Sarah Brown spoke passionately to make sure the whole world gets the message: girls’ education matters – and understands that one girl out of school is one too many. She introduced Kainat and Shazia,  friends of the Pakistani school girl Malala Yousfzai – who are now at school in England –their message was that “It’s your duty to stand #UpForSchool.” They are two of the 500 Global Youth Ambassadors in 85 countries who were truly inspiring.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

 

Pixie Lott finished the event off by some fantastic singing with her guitarist Jim. (I simply had to Whatsapp my children) while I pinched myself this was all happening! As I left the building with my freebie gift of a selfie stick thanks to FB (goodness knows when an old lady will use this!)  – I was buzzing with the message of how important it is to spread the word about global education for girls who have no voice.

 

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott

Please sign the petition  and order my personalised towels from Theirworld shop

Thank you

 

 

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