Pupils’ praise for helping children into education

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An MP has praised schoolchildren after they started a campaign to get youngsters in developing countries into education.

Pupils at Fernhurst Junior School in Southsea started a Send My Friend to School project, which allows them to put themselves in the shoes of world leaders and discuss what they would do to help children in need of education.

The school sent more than 100 paper dolls to Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, depicting children around the world who are not in education, who number about 58 million.

Ms Drummond said: ‘I was moved and impressed to see the dolls in my office and how much work had been put into the campaign by the pupils.

‘This is an issue I care passionately about and it was great to meet those who had put so much work into the campaign and who thought deeply about what education means to children.

‘I’ll be urging the education secretary to support the aim of getting every child in the world into school.’

Fernhurst headteacher Roberta Kirby said: ‘It has been a positive experience for them to engage with their local MP and recognise their actions can influence the people in charge.’