Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) visited Hollywood Primary School, where pupils from the nursery up to Year 6 have recently taken part in the ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign.
Send My Friend to School is a UK civil society coalition of international development NGOs, teachers’ unions and charities. It brings together young people, politicians, teachers, civil society and the media in campaigning to demand quality education for all children across the globe. It forms part of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), an organisation working to ensure quality education for all children, with members in over 90 countries.
In the UK, thousands of schools like Hollywood Primary take part in the Send My Friend to School campaign. At Hollywood, pupils were asked to decorate keys to represent the campaign’s call to unlock education for the millions of children around the world who are not able to access one of their universal human rights; the right to an education.
While at Hollywood, Steve also had time to take some informed and searching questions from the Year 6 pupils about topics including the Send My Friend to School campaign, the role of the House of Commons, what governments can do to fight educational inequality, and what made him to decide to become an MP. Steve was also pleased to meet Hollywood’s school council, made up of pupils from all the different year groups, and last but not least Daisy, the school dog!
Steve McCabe said: “Hollywood Primary school pupils have clearly put a lot of effort into designing and decorating their keys to unlock education for children across the world so that they can make the biggest impact on this vital issue. I will deliver Hollywood’s petition to the House of Commons and ensure that the International Development Secretary is made aware of how much the pupils at Hollywood care about global educational inequality.”
“Hollywood is a fantastic school with a great ethos; I was very pleased to hear that they were recently awarded a UNICEF Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award. Their Year 6 pupils have obviously learnt a lot in their recent lessons about democracy, and showed real enthusiasm and curiosity in how the House of Commons works and how they can help make change in society.”