Sunday, 23 June 2013

'Education for All Day' finally arrived!!

On Friday 21st we held our ‘Education for All Day’ at Ringwood School. It started off with an assembly talk from guest speaker John Mclaverty who is Oxfam’s Campaigns Team Leader & Education & Youth Coordinator - London & SE. The assembly introduced over 250 year 9 pupils to what the campaigns about and in particular the barriers to education in both Malawi and Sierra Leone.

 ‘Education for All day’ is about raising awareness and understanding of the need for quality education around the world and encouraging young people to participate. After the assembly all year 9 student went into tutor groups and started the morning activities which were run by the Ringwood school campaign group (follow on twitter @GCampaigners)

Firstly the students completed the Send My Friend to School puppet making activity to show in their view what makes an ideal teacher. In addition they drew what an ideal school would look like. In total we had 50 ideal teacher puppets and 50 ideal schools ready to send to our local MP Desmond Swayne. Pupils then compared the puppets they had created with the ones completed by the New Delhi students.

Next we did an hour session on the significance of water, students learnt about water vulnerability which affects many people around the world. Students watched Oxfam's WASH programme video and then completed a water audit to make students aware of the vast amount of water they use compared to people in developing countries. We also did a number of other Water Week activities created by Oxfam.

After a number of other interesting activities to finish the students wrote letters to important political figures which included David Cameron, Barack Obama, Justine Greening, Gordon and Sarah Brown and our local MP – Desmond Swayne. These letters included the student’s view on what needs to be done to get the remaining 60 million children into education and the activities they had taken part in during ‘Education for All Day’!

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Saturday, 15 June 2013


On Thursday of least week we were called to our heads office at the end of the day so we sat down in her office and she told us that we have the opportunity to go to NEW YORK in 4 weeks time!

This would give us the opportunity to be involved with the Youth Takeover of the UN where we get, with a group of other young people, get our voices heard by the world's leaders to make a real difference in the world.We will discuss all of the Millennium Development Goals with our focus being on the 2nd MDG - Education. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will remember for the rest of our lives and we would like to thank Karen Garvin of GCE UKfor giving us this awesome chance to make a difference.

We will update you as we know more and keep looking at twitter page - , the twitter page of our new campaigns group - and keep using the hash tag #educationforall

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Plans for 'Education For All Day' at Ringwood School

Ringwood School has set up its own campaign group to focus on ‘Send My Friend to School’ in our area. At the meeting today we discussed what activities Ringwood School would be doing on the national 'Education For All Day', 21st June 2013, which is run by the Steve Sinnott Foundation, to find more  about the day go to:

Our day will be about the 'Global Campaign For Education' but we will also support OXFAM’s water week activities because we learnt that lack of clean drinking water underpins so many problems in India. For more go to:

 The day will primarily involve Ringwood school year 9 students but also various primary school pupils who will be invited in the afternoon to launch ‘Send My Friend to School’ in their school.