PM's special envoy visits Harpenden school as part of education campaign
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The Prime Minister's special envoy for girls’ education was guest of honour at a Harpenden school this week.
Helen Grant visited Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden to meet youth ambassadors from Send My Friend to School, a UK coalition of teachers’ unions, charities and other organisations which brings together young people, politicians and teachers to campaign for a quality education for all children across the globe.
She said: “It was fantastic to visit Sir John Lawes School and meet girls, boys and teachers who are so passionate about ensuring every girl, across the world, has access to a quality education. Their drive and determination is so clear.
“We know that investing in girls’ education is a game changer, and one of the best ways of tackling inequality, poverty and gender-based violence.
"That’s why the UK, alongside Kenya, is co-hosting the Global Education Summit in London this month to raise vital funds for the Global Partnership for Education and give 175 million children the opportunity to learn.”
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While at the school, Helen was welcomed by staff and pupils who discussed their lessons, how they continued to learn during the pandemic and why a quality education is important to them.
Helen also took part in a Year 7 life skills class organised by a Year 10 students, Gabriel and Ella, both 15, and witnessed a mini-sports day with professional boxers Sedem Ama and Isaac Chamberlain.
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Send My Friend champion Anneka Wrentmore, 15, said: "I’m passionate about education because I’m so privileged to have an education that has opened my eyes, lots of children don’t have that - it makes me want to help them – we have the chance to make a difference’."
Ella Montgomery, also 15, added: "Now is the time to break those barriers – we’re in the 21st century but so many children don’t go to school – it's humbling – we’re so lucky and because of that it’s our job to make sure other children are just as lucky and have the same opportunities as us”
"Everything starts with equality – if you can put a spark in people’s minds it can really power a change. We need to raise awareness of the barriers that girls face to education – poverty, climate change -it’s all challenges that people face that stop them having the future that they deserve."