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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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