Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.
Global Campaign for Education
Send My Friend to School is run by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global organisation working to ensure quality education for all children. It has members in more than 100 countries around the world. You can find out more about GCE around the world at www.campaignforeducation.org. In the UK over twenty charities and teaching unions work together in favour of education for all as the GCE UK coalition. Find out more in the GCE UK Annual Review 2012.
Education for all
In 2000, over 180 countries signed up to a set of commitments for a better world to tackle issues such as hunger and poverty. These Millennium Development Goals included a goal of education for all by 2015.
But time is running out. With only two years to go over 60 million children are still missing out on school. At the current rate of progress there will still be about 48 million children out of school in 2015. Find out more global education facts.
Some countries need to provide the aid they promised, others need to make sure the aid gets spent on education, and many need to spend more of their own money on schools and teachers. Find out more about what we want.
Send My Friend to School – your questions
How does contacting my MP help in getting education for all?
Your Member of Parliament (MP) is the first link in a chain of influence all the way from you to the world leaders whose decisions will affect whether we can achieve education for all.
Is this a new campaign?
No! Send my Friend to School has been running for eight years. We’re part of a huge global movement called the Global Campaign for Education. Take a look at the Campaign timeline to find out what we have achieved so far.
Who else is involved?
Over 10,000 schools and youth groups, and millions of children, have been involved so far in the UK. Take a look at the counter on the home page to see how many schools and groups have signed up so far this year, and look at the your stories section for examples what young people have done around the UK.
By joining Send My Friend to School you become part of something really huge, because right around the world people are also calling for education for all. More than 18 million people in 100 countries have taken part in campaigning activities.
In 2008 we set an amazing world record when 8.8 million people all did a lesson at the same time to make it the World’s Biggest Lesson, and this year, young people will be raising their voices right round the world to make sure everyone knows that every child needs a teacher. See the GCE International website for more information.
Can we raise money to help?
Massive change needs action on a massive scale, with the support of governments and international organisations, so Send My Friend to School asks schools and young people to raise their voices, rather than raise money.
If you would like to collect money, all the charities involved with Send My Friend to School support projects which help families and communities improve their situation and get children into school, and you can support any of them individually.
If you wish to make a donation to the Send My Friend to School campaign itself you can send it care of ActionAid. The money will be used to support education campaign groups around the world.
Please send your donation as a cheque made payable to ActionAid, with a note to indicate that it is for Send My Friend to School:
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