Portsmouth pupils tackle minister for answers on world education

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TWO pupils from Portsmouth joined with a dozen teenagers from across the UK to ask a minister what the government is doing to make sure every child worldwide gets a chance to go to school.

Alice Sumner and Anna Mackay, from Portsmouth High School, travelled to London to join with other young people deeply concerned about the 57 million children worldwide who are missing out on education.

They had a private meeting with Lynne Featherstone, minister for International Development. Mrs Featherstone said: ‘It was fantastic to meet such passionate children who care so much about the world they are growing up in and helping to shape.

‘I was impressed by their understanding of the importance of education and their commitment to help less fortunate children across the world receive the education they deserve.

‘Education acts as a ladder out of poverty and helps young people reach their full potential.’

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