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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson meets Lydiate Primary's young Send My Friend to School campaigners

 Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with some of the Year 5 pupils at Lydiate Primary.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson heard about Lydiate Primary School pupils' campaign to 'Send My Friend to School'.

Bill was invited into the Lambshear Lane school to meet pupils and find out more about the campaign.
In 2000 world leaders promised universal primary education by 2015, but 58 million children are still out of school and its girls, children in conflict areas and children with disabilities that are missing out most.
At the current rate of progress it will be 2086 before every child worldwide gets an education and a chance for a bright future.
There has been some great progress - millions of young people around the world have spoken out and 50 million more children have enrolled in primary school. Rwanda now has 99% of children in school and Vietnam has one teacher for every 19 primary students.
However, other countries still have a long way to go. Nigeria has over 10 million children out of school and an average of 100 pupils in every classroom.
The Send My Friend to School campaign has launched a new free schools pack to help UK pupils speak out now for every child's right to education and make sure world leaders make the right decisions this year.
Packs includes a DVD, teachers' guide, posters, stickers and lots more learning resources are available online.
At a special assembly in Lydiate, the children told the stories of some of the children across the world who want to go to school and of some of those who are now able to go to school. Pupils then played the parts of the children from around the world to learn about their lives and about the challenges which they face in going to school while still doing daily tasks, like collecting food and water, often involving hours of travel each day.
Bill Esterson said: "Thank you to the Year 5 children at Lydiate Primary School for inviting me to their assembly and for telling me about their part in the campaign to make sure that 58 million children can do what they take for granted and go to school.
"Attending school makes all the difference and in this country we easily forget that learning to read, write, do numbers and go on to secondary school are available to all children.
"In many parts of the world, this is simply not the case and the campaign is an excellent reminder of the scale of the challenge.
"Oxfam do a great job, supporting schools in the UK to raise awareness but of course, their real intention is to improve the life chances of children everywhere."
Mr Esterson was invited to school when he received a letter from Thomas in Year 5.
The MP said: "I was really pleased that Thomas wrote to me and he and his classmates did a splendid job of bringing the story to life by telling the whole school about the difficulties faced by children around the world.
"The other children were really interested and took part when they were asked questions like how many children don’t go to school."
Class teacher, Darren Gallagher, said: "We enjoyed studying this topic, and it has been an opportunity to show children the importance of politics and how we can be in power of
changing our world."
Bill Esterson added: "I would encourage all schools in Sefton Central to take part in ‘Send My Friend to School and I also look forward to welcoming the children from Lydiate when they visit parliament in the near future."

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