“Send My Friend to School” is part of a global campaign with activities involving millions of people in nearly 100 countries around the world.
This past April saw global action week, when children and their communities around the world made a massive stand for education, calling on world leaders to take action and supply more qualified teachers.
A host of activities and events were held to tell world leaders that 1.7 million more professional teachers are desperately needed worldwide, to help get every child get a quality education by 2015.
In Somaliland, a march was held in Freedom Square; a national conference and media campaign took place in Egypt; and in Bangladesh, pupils joined a human chain, took part in a national art and story writing competition, and gathered at schools to demand quality teaching.
In Tokyo, Gregg International School students learned about disabilities, and why those disabilities stop children from going to school — 24 million children around the world stay at home because of a disability. Through songs and plays, students will send a message to parents and leaders about this problem. They are making a huge paper chain to promote this cause.
They also connected with St. Thomas Primary School in the UK, and will be writing about their interests, school life in Japan, and the Send My Friend to School campaign. In turn, the St. Thomas students will participate in this worldwide message.
Gregg International School would like to encourage all schools to get involved with the campaign. For more details see http://www.sendmyfriend.org. Good luck! — SUE SOUTHERN