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Students present MP with Send my Friends to school ‘buddies’ as part of Equality and Diversity Week

July 15, 2014 10:19 AM

Students at Prince Henrys Grammar School in Otley presented Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, with Send my Friends to school 'buddies' as part of Equality and Diversity week.

Greg joined year 7 pupils from Prince Henrys in supporting the Send my Friends to school campaign, which brings together school children across the UK to speak up for the right to education.

The students, together with Greg and Georgina Anson, MFL teacher and International Co-Ordinator at the School, handed over 'buddies' - paper figures with the children's own individual pleas to support the Global Campaign for Education.

Prince Henrys is the first High school in the Yorkshire and Humber region to be awarded the Unicef Rights Respecting Children Award, highlighting the work the school does on children's rights across the globe.

Greg also saw children at the school taking part in wheelchair basketball, being supported by British Wheelchair Basketball, which allowed students of all abilities to try the sp ort.

Commenting, Greg Mulholland MP, said,

"I was delighted to support Equality and Diversity week at Prince Henrys, and their part in the Send my Friends to school campaign. This is a great campaign with a simple but really important message that will generate debate and discussion on international education.

"Education gives people control over their lives, helps them earn money, feed their families and contribute to their society. At the moment 69 million children in the world are unable to go to school and as a result have little chance of fulfilling their potential.

"I hope that the Prince Henry's students who are supporting this campaign will always remember how lucky they are to receive such a great education here in Otley and will continue to fight for less privileged children in other countries of the world."

Georgina Anson said,

"Send my Friend to school is a very important campaign. As the first High school in the Yorkshire and Humber region to be awarded the Unicef Rights Respecting Children Award, our work on children's rights across the world is vitally important to the school and working with the students on this campaign really brings that message to life for them."