Greendown School has been taking in the bigger picture for many years with its links to Moriteng Wa-Thuto secondary school in South Africa and its continued support for the United Nations Millennium goal to ensure every child gets some form of education by 2015.
In 2006 they took their message right into Prime Minister Tony Blair’s House of Commons office. In July they invited new South Swindon MP Robert Buckland to hear their appeal to world leaders not to give up on the 72 million children worldwide who don’t attend school, 50 per cent of whom live in Africa.
Schools across Britain focussed on the World Cup to draw attention to the One Goal campaign in support of the G8 leaders Millennium commitment. Every pupil at Greendown was asked to decorate a segment of a paper scarf which was taped together for the MP to present to David Cameron.
Alex Iles said, “without education children will be trapped in poverty for their whole lives.”
Megan Loveridge said she wanted the MP to tell David Cameron that time is running out. “There is only five years to the deadline. The messages on the scarf say that every child must have the chance to go to school; we must give them hope.”
Robert Buckland thanked the One World group for inviting him to hear their appeal because he supports the coalition government’s continued commitment to providing 0.7 per cent of GDP to development goals. “I know money is tight but allocating money to young people in other countries is important in the long term. If we don’t make the investment now it will be people of your age and younger who will be faced with the same problems in the future.”
He said he would try to arrange a visit to meet David Cameron for the new generation of Greendown One World supporters.
Pictured, top: Robert Buckland wrapped in Greendown’s ‘give every child an education’ scarf with teacher Cristina Bennett, front.
Below: Pupils who met Tony Blair in 2006.