I was contacted by John McLaverty of Oxfam GB this week to ask me to publicise their latest Send my Friend to school resource / campaign.
This is something I've shared (and taken part in) for quite a few years now. Each year, the focus is slightly different and this year there is a connection with the pandemic and the influence it has had on education, particularly for the most vulnerable.
Education is a fundamental right for all children, and a vital tool to build a better future and break the cycle of poverty. But the onset and spread of COVID-19 has led to children missing school on a global scale never experienced before and has caused the greatest threat ever to the promise of a quality education for all.
Globally, the pandemic arrived on top of an existing learning crisis. The poorest and most marginalised children – girls, refugees, children with disabilities - were already less likely to be in school and learning, but COVID-19 threatens to place any progress the world was beginning to make in reverse.
This autumn join Send My Friend in calling on the UK government to support a safe return to school around the world and keep all children learning!