Activist Harpenden students campaign for equal education

PUBLISHED: 07:26 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:26 08 August 2017

Left to right: Lulu Abubaker, MP Bim Afolami, Lucy Holloway.

Left to right: Lulu Abubaker, MP Bim Afolami, Lucy Holloway.

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Activist students from Harpenden have joined campaigners for equal education on the national stage.

Champions outside the Houses of Parliament. Lucy (third from the right) and Lulu (second from the right) are in the front row.Champions outside the Houses of Parliament. Lucy (third from the right) and Lulu (second from the right) are in the front row.

Two teenagers from Sir John Lawes School, Lucy Holloway and Lulu Abubaker, were selected to become Send My Friend to School champions - this means they promote a goal of international equal education.

Along with the 18 other champions, Lucy and Lulu went to Westminster to participate in a Parliament Action Day, meeting MP Bim Afolami to talk about global education issues.

Internationally, 263 million children do not go to school, and many in cases the pupils who do get to class receive such poor quality education they leave early, illiterate.

The campaign is pushing for more funding to schools internationally, to give the schools tools needed for quality education.

Lucy said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed today, I feel as a campaign we have made a huge impact as young people in parliament.

“We spoke to several important people, questioning and speaking to those who can make a change, so now I feel confident our goal can and will be achieved through so much of the campaigning being done by everyone all over the country. It has been an experience I will never forget.”

Head of life skills at Sir John Lawes, Manny Fernandez, said: “It has been a brilliant opportunity to learn about how change happens. We are all really proud of Lucy and Lulu and all the Send My Friend champions.”

Campaigns manager for the campaign, Ema Jackson, said education is basic human right: “The world is experiencing an urgent education crisis. So I am delighted that Lucy are Lulu engaging with Bim Afolami to demand the UK invests in the future of the world.”

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