Newbridge pupils present "paper teachers" to No.10
12:05pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Gwent news
HUNDREDS of tiny teachers made of paper have been delivered to Westminster by Gwent pupils, to remind the prime minister of a pledge to get all children into education by 2015.
Chris Evans MP for Islwyn visited Newbridge School back in May to see the cut-out puppets made by 200 Year 8 pupils, after one of them wrote him a letter.
Mr Evans invited the pupils to London for a tour of the House of Commons, followed by a visit to Number 10 Downing Street to present their puppets, which they did on Monday.
The MP said: "I was delighted to welcome students from Newbridge Comprehensive School to Westminster so they could present their campaign directly to Number 10."
Earlier this year pupils across the country made paper teachers and wrote on the back what they thought made a good teacher, as part of the ‘Send My Friend To School’ initiative, set up because teachers and campaigners fear the Millennium Goal that no child should be out of education by 2015 will not be met.
Head of Year 8 at Newbridge School, Tania Clough, told the Argus: "By 2015 it is predicted there will be at least 48 million children still out of education worldwide and a global shortage of 1.7 million teachers.
"The ‘Send My Friend To School’ initiative is a branch of the Global Campaign for Education which has been going for a long time and puts pressure on governments every few years to remind them of the pledge.
"A few years ago we sent small cut-outs of children and this year I decided to do something about citizenship, and how everybody can come together for the common good, it hasn’t got to be a major thing," she said.
Mr Evans MP said the statistics were shocking.
"That is why it is great to see students at Newbridge doing their bit to make sure that the government do not forget their promise to ensure all children have an education by 2015," he said.
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