Royal Blind School Pupils Encourage Ian Murray MP To Support Global Campaign For Education

Posted: 14/06/2013 |

Pupils recently welcomed local MP Ian Murray to the Royal Blind School encouraging him to support the Global Campaign for Education by presenting him with cardboard cut-outs of their ideal teachers.

Mr Murray learned about how pupils are supporting the UK initiative, ‘Send my Friend to School’, as part of Global Action Week, which highlights the need for 1.7 million more teachers worldwide. Global Action Week provides a forum for young people to voice their views regarding the international state of education. It also generates awareness amongst local and national MP’s that 61 million children are missing out on a basic education as a result of the shortage of trained teachers.

Africa alone has a deficit of one million teachers. This is a result of governing bodies failing to provide sufficient funds in order to train teachers. One of the worst instances is Mali, where half of all primary teachers are reported to have received no training whatsoever.

Royal Blind School pupils Mason, Ciaran, Stefan and Luke learned about a pupil called Mphatso who lives in Malawi who can’t attend school because his family is poor and there aren’t enough teachers. In their invitation to Mr Murray, pupils communicated Mphatso’s story in the hope he would pass on this message to G8 leaders – who met at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June – that every child needs a teacher and help send Mphatso to school.

Pam Young, chartered teacher at the Royal Blind School said: 

“I was particularly proud at how well our four boys engaged with Ian and shared their knowledge and experience of the work we have done for this year’s Send My Friend to School campaign – Every Child Needs a Teacher.

Pam Young took this opportunity to thank Ian for coming to visit the class, commenting: 

“It made the whole learning experience more meaningful for the boys.”

Ian Murray said, 

“I fully support the campaign and I know the pupils were very keen to get involved once they learnt about children in Malawi who can’t get access to education.”

“It is an honour to hand in this year’s designs into the Prime Minister asking for the Government to support the message that every child in the world deserves an education and a teacher to encourage them.”

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