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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Carew Manor students take education for all message to Number 10

May 25, 2004 12:00 AM

Local MP Tom Brake joined pupils from Carew Manor school in delivering poster petitions to the Prime Minister. Students at Carew Manor created the posters during the Global Campaign for Education's Week of Action in April to draw attention to the 100 million children worldwide who miss out on an education.

Carew Manor was one of more than 1,000 schools the length of Britain participating in MPs' Back to School Day, part of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Week of Action. Around the world millions of children in 100 countries joined in the lobbying effort.

Tom Brake said, "It is important for our young people to realise the importance of education and the implication of a life without the chance to learn. Basic education is a human right. It is scandalous that so many children have never had the chance to go to school. World leaders have promised to tackle this problem but until they pledge the necessary funds, too many children will continue to miss out."

The amount needed to address the educational shortfall is not excessive in 21st century terms. Just more than £3 billion a year would get every child into school; less than a week's global military spending.

MPs' Back to School Day builds on the success of last year's GCE Week of Action when more than two million young people in more than 70 countries broke the world record for the biggest ever lesson.

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a coalition of charities, teachers' unions and citizens' groups from around the world dedicated to making the human right to a basic education a reality for all children