Children are 27% of the world’s people BUT 100% of the world’s future
We are the world’s future parents, teachers, prime ministers, farmers, bankers, builders, bakers, activists, scientists, ecologists, religious leaders, lawyers, pop stars, scout leaders, and most importantly, we are tomorrow’s peacemakers.
Across the world 58 million children aren’t getting the chance to go to school.
FIRST NEWS, the weekly newspaper for young people, have launched Children United, a charity that is trying to help uneducated children all over the world to go to school. They say their desire is to give kids a window on the world from wherever they are sitting right now. It will help them to hear different points of view and understand different cultures.
They talk about all the different reasons why kids cannot and do not go to school.
They believe that all children have the right to education and have released a song , performed by Alesha Dixon and children from around the world, to share their message. Check the song out it’s beautiful, emotional and full of passionate children.
I think the reason why children should go to school is because it gives them hope, a brighter future and a way to provide for their family. If children are taught at home or are learning a practical skill like farming, then they should have the right to not go to school, but some for kids it’s a chance.
You may wonder why I, a home educated kid, am encouraging others to go to school. Education is essential wherever you learn. Some kids can have a future that is promising and fruitful without going to school, but for others it is very important and an opportunity to seize because it can change their lives.
Children United want children to come together to raise their voices to say that they want their fellows to be educated. They have written a petition, #UpForSchool, its aim is to gather millions of signatures demanding education for all, a message that no world leader can ignore.
When the petition is signed by loads of people then it will be delivered by Gordon Brown (The UN Special Envoy for Education) to some very important world leaders in the hope that they will make a special effort to make sure all kids that want to go to school, go to school!
#UpForSchool petition reads:
” We, the world’s youth, teachers, parents and global citizens, appeal to our government to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2ooo, to ensure that all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015. We are standing up to bring an end to barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and discrimination. All children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential.”
I encourage everyone to sign this petition. It will make the future so much better for so many people, it will go a long way to ensuring that kids achieve their potential, their hopes and their dreams.
You can sign the petition at: http://www.childrenunited.com/petition