Schools Education for All Day 2013 announced by The Steve Sinnott Foundation
With the endorsement of both Prime Minister David Cameron and his predecessor Gordon Brown and support from the mutual friendly society Teachers Assurance, preparations are well advanced for Education for All Day 2013 taking place in over 50 UK schools on Friday 21st June. The day has been organised by the Steve Sinnott Foundation to raise awareness and understanding of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal for education.
On Friday 21st June, pupils at participating schools in the UK will be organising and taking part in activities such as special assemblies, theatre productions, blogging and radio broadcasts. Local MPs will be invited to visit, and press releases to local newspapers and media outlets will be sent by schools. The Foundation is providing special resource packs prepared by teaching experts. It has opened a new website from which participating schools can download materials and through which they can be in contact with each other.
The Foundation intends this year’s event to be a pilot for an annual day of activities in Britain’s schools. It will run alongside the ongoing schools work of the Global Campaign for Education UK coalition of 27 organisations.
The UN Goal was a commitment by world leaders to get all primary age children into school by 2015. However, 60 million children are still out of school and more than 200 million cannot read or write despite going to school because of lack of resources and trained teachers. As things stand, there will still be 48 million children out of school in 2015. The Steve Sinnott Foundation believes that by raising awareness amongst young people of the 2015 goals, new impetus can be given to the worldwide effort to achieve them.
Steve Sinnott Foundation Project Manager Sam Tiwari said:
“There have been visits to schools all over the country to encourage participation and we have been delighted by the enthusiasm shown for the project. This year we are focusing on 50 participating schools with an aim for a big expansion of the event in 2014. We’re also in touch with teachers’ organisations around the world and we’ve been contacted by the director of the Global Campaign for Education in the USA. We are hoping that this could turn into a worldwide schools event.”
“We are particularly grateful for the support we have for this event from Teachers Assurance who have given us enormous assistance in developing our plans and to draw attention to the event. We are hoping for a long term and very productive partnership with TA for future events.”
The Foundation has also agreed with the office of Gordon Brown to highlight as part of the EFA Day activities, the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban extremists because of her stand for girls’ education in Pakistan. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now the UN Special Envoy for Global Education has planned for Malala’s birthday on 12th July to be recognised as a Malala Day.
In addition to the endorsement from David Cameron the Foundation’s initiative is also being supported by present and former UK Secretaries of State for Education and other leading cross party politicians and campaigners. A motion is now circulating amongst MPs welcoming the initiative.
Project Coordinator Jasmine Jones added:
“Whilst we’re focusing on 50 schools in 2013, there’s no limit. Schools can still sign up online at www.educationforallday.org, download the resource packs and then participate in the biggest ever global movement for education, something which, in the words of a leading education journalist , ‘can have a profound effect on shaping our future world’ “
For further information contact: Sam Tiwari, Project Manager or Jasmine Jones, Project Coordinator, Steve Sinnott Foundation, 54 Clarendon Road Watford WD17 1DU. Telephone: 01923 431653/07581422636
NOTE to Editors: The Steve Sinnott Foundation was established in 2009 to promote the achievement of United Nations Millennium Development Goal 2, to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary education.
The Foundation carries the name of Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers in England and Wales, until his tragic death in April 2008. In both his professional and his private life, Steve was a passionate believer in the Millennium Development Goals, in particular Millennium Development Goal 2. The respect given to Steve’s name now provides the Foundation with opportunities to reach, and to help unite, millions of teachers, educators, charity workers, political leaders and others who are committed to the Goal.
The Steve Sinnott Foundation was launched publicly in London on 12th May 2009, in Washington on 27th October 2009, and in Parliament on 1 December 2009.
The Foundation works in collaboration with local communities, schools and teachers on a range of education initiatives, in a number of countries, including the UK. The ‘Education for All’ campaign launched by the Foundation this year aims to raise awareness about the importance of the right to education and encourage young people in the UK to take action to ensure that all children have access to education everywhere in the world. On Friday June 21st, at least 50 schools will organise an ‘Education for All Day’ where they will raise awareness about the issue through a range of activities.