Walking around the globe in aid of girls’ education

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TOGETHER these pupils have helped to walk around the world in support of girls who are missing out on an education.

Around 400 girls from Portsmouth High School aged from nine to 18 walked just over six miles (10km) around Southsea in support of the charity Plan UK.

THEY'RE OFF Girls from Portsmouth High School Southsea, pictured with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Lynne Stagg. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132796-5345)

THEY'RE OFF Girls from Portsmouth High School Southsea, pictured with Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Lynne Stagg. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132796-5345)

The walk was held to mark the International Day of the Girl.

The school joined other Girls School Day Trust (GDST) schools in aid of Plan’s campaign to support girls to be able to complete their education.

The aim was that girls across Britain joined together to walk around the world – a total of 24,900 miles (40,075km), by each walking the six-mile leg.

Headteacher Jane Prescott said: ‘They are walking in support of the many women who have to walk to collect water everyday.

‘They are walking to highlight how many girls are not in education throughout the world.

‘They know that they are very fortunate to be at a school like Portsmouth High School but in particular to have an education system in the UK.

‘We are very pleased to be taking part in it.

‘The girls have a very strong sense of social responsibility here so I think it is very important that they realise that they are very fortunate.’

Each of the girls carried a plastic bottle of dirty water to signify that each day girls all around the world have to walk an average of six miles to collect some water.

It’s a task that keeps them away from school and stops them receiving an education.

Lucy Wickham, 17, is head girl of the senior school.

She said: ‘It’s great because Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls Day School Trust group of schools.

‘There are girls all over the country walking with us.

‘We are excited to be supporting Plan UK with its International Day of the Girl.

‘It’s important that all of the girls throughout the school are learning 
why we need to help this charity 
because we are helping girls with education.

‘It’s something that we take for granted here.

‘A lot of girls don’t have that choice and would love to be able to go to school and have an education.

‘It’s good to understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.’

Ruby Dale, 11, a Year 6 pupil and head girl of the junior school, said: ‘It’s a good idea to do it to see how other people have to do it.

‘They don’t have an education and they have to drink dirty water. We are really lucky.’