In July 2016, Kate Osamor MP supported Margaret Greenwood MP local primary school, St Bridget’s Church of England Primary School, to support the “Send My Friend to School” campaign in her capacity as newly appointed Shadow International Development Secretary.
The 'Send My Friend to School' campaign was launched in 2005. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the number of and speak up for the millions of children out of school due to conflicts, natural disaster and other emergencies. It encourages pupils in the UK to create paper rucksacks symbolising the journeys made by children who have had to leave their homes and schools and deliver them to their MP.
Speaking about the campaign, Kate says:
“I was honoured to support Margaret Greenwood MP local primary school in support of the “Send My Friend to School” campaign. It is an important and effective campaign that shines a spotlight on the large number of children worldwide who do not have access to education.
In 2016, there are 57 million primary school children who remain out of school; 37 million of these children are in countries affected by emergencies. We need to be continuing to invest in education worldwide, promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goal target of ensuring all girls and boys have access to complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education by 2030.”