Thanks to Karen Garvin for this guest post....The campaign she writes about is about inspiring young people everywhere to care about and speak out about getting every child access to schooling. Reading that there are 67 million children without access to education stopped me in my tracks today. Statistics rarely move me but this one did....
If you are able to involve the youngsters you work with to join this campaign please do....
Send My Friend to School 2012 –‘Go for Gold’
In just a few weeks athletes from around the world will converge on London for the Olympics to compete and achieve to the best of their abilities. But globally, 67 million children are still held back from reaching their potential because they don't get an education.
As part of the Global Campaign for Education every year millions of teachers and students from around the world remind their leaders of the important promise they made to get every child into school by 2015. And it is working; 50 million more children are in school right now than in 2000.
But like an athlete hitting the wall, progress has faltered. With only three years to go before the finish line of 2015, we need a new surge of energy to make sure all children get the chance to take part in the Great Education Race.
If you sign up to take part in Send My Friend to School in 2012 you can get a free resource pack, which includes a DVD, teachers guide, posters and stickers to introduce your school to taking part in this important campaign. http://www.sendmyfriend.org/take-action/order-schools-pack
Your school can join thousands of others to call on world leaders to get all children into school by 2015.
This year's campaign, inspired by the Olympic Games, calls on leaders to 'Go for Gold!' for education. Creative activity and teaching ideas will help learners engage with the issues, and empower them to raise their voices with their political representatives.
There are already over 5,500 UK schools taking part this year, asking world leaders to ‘Go for Gold’ and helping to get universal primary education.
At www.sendmyfriend.org you’ll find extra information about the campaign, including lesson plans, extra videos, case studies and background material.
The ‘Go for Gold’ online animation and game sets out the issues in a fun and accessible way, ideal for home and classroom use. http://www.sendmyfriend.org/take-action/go-for-gold
On current trends over 50 million children will still be out of school by 2015. So, its vital that we send a clear message to our leaders that they need to do more.
Send My Friend to School is run by the Global Campaign for Education, a partnership of charities and teachers’ unions, and involves young campaigners in over 100 countries.