Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson goes to Chesterfield High

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets Year 8 pupils from Chesterfield High to talk about their campaign to get the world's 61m young people who don't go to school into the classroom.

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson heard from pupils of Chesterfield High why more needs to be done to help the world's 61,000,000 children who don't go to school get an education.

Year 8 pupils from the school wrote to Bill about the issue on Malala Day, just before the summer break.

Thousands of schools up and down the country marked the special event which was aimed at raising awareness of the number of children across the world who aren't lucky enough to get an education.

Malala Yousafzai is the young teenage Pakistani school pupil who was shot in the head after raising concerns about the Taliban's ban on girls attending school. After making a miraculous recovery, Malala last year joined former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the United Nations to present a petition and make an impassioned plea to "ensure the world's 61 million out-of-school children are in education by the end of 2015".

To mark the day, the pupils at Chesterfield High learned about Malala's campaign.

Speaking to the Chesterfield pupils, Bill said: "The pupils of Chesterfield High wrote some fantastic letters to me about why we should be doing more to make sure that the 61m children who don't go to school get the chance to have an education.

"The pupils were clearly very passionate about this issue. At a time when people say young people aren't getting engaged in issues, it is good to see youngsters like those at Chesterfield High and the other schools who wrote to me on this subject, are getting involved and demanding action is taken.

"What the pupils learned from this subject, was that not only is education vitally important, but we are extremely lucky in this country to have access to our fantastic local comprehensive schools."

Bill thanked the staff and pupils at Chesterfield High for getting involved in Malala's campaign.

Bill said: "Everyone was touched by what Malala Yousafzai went through. She effectively highlighted the shocking fact that so many young people don't go to school. This is the 21st Century - everyone should have access to an education.

"That is the message that I have received from the pupils and staff at Chesterfield High, and it is the message the my colleagues and I in Parliament will campaign for.

"I would like to thanks the pupils and staff at Chesterfield High for getting involved in this important issue."