Steve Sinnott Foundation welcomes new Send my Friend to School young ambassadors

pic - Young Ambassadors 2014 Maisie and Rebecca


The Steve Sinnott Foundation warmly congratulates Maisie Le Masurier and Rebecca Unwin of Guildford County School in Surrey on the award to them of the Steve Sinnott Award making them the 2014 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign run by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE UK).
These two young students, both aged 14, are the latest in a succession of winners of the Award established in the name of the late General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Steve Sinnott after his untimely death in 2008. These young ambassadors, reflecting Steve’s own values and beliefs, now provide leadership and inspiration to the half a million young people in the UK who take part in the Send My Friend to School campaign to promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for education set by the United Nations in 2000.
This year the young ambassadors will be travelling with the charity Sightsavers and representatives of the Global Campaign for Education on a fact finding mission to Uganda. They will have a particular emphasis this year on children who are blind or visually impaired. On their return, Maisie and Rebecca will be speaking about their experiences to leading politicians and high profile campaigning organisations and leading a range of campaigning activities in UK schools.
Welcoming this year’s award Jasmine Jones, Projects Manager for the Steve Sinnott Foundation said: “We are delighted by the appointment of Maisie and Rebecca as ambassadors. As in all previous years, the submissions for the award were of extremely high quality and a great tribute to all the youngsters who made submissions and to their teachers. Maisie and Rebecca’s success is a tremendous achievement.
Our contribution to the coalition of organisations participating in the Send My Friend to School campaign is to focus on bringing teachers, educators and school students around the world together in support of the campaign. We are very much looking forward to working with Maisie and Rebecca as we have done with their predecessors, and in particular in June of this year to repeat and expand the success of the Steve Sinnott Foundation Education for All Day which we launched in 2013 as part of the Campaign’s ongoing programme which itself involves over half a million children in UK schools.”


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