Student campaigners head to Parliament
Students Emilie Bonnay and Sophie Broom have arrived back from their two-day trip to London, supporting and spreading the word about the Send My Friend to School Campaign. They took an afternoon train up to London and met with the Send My Friend team, and settled in by walking to the National Union of Teachers. Here they were briefed and took part in some activities ready to meet MP’s and some other important faces in Parliament on Wednesday 20th June.
On the Wednesday, they began the day with a tour of Parliament, including the Houses of Commons and Lords. Then met with 3 members of the International Development committee, including the Chair, Stephen Twigg. Emilie fired hard questions at them! They gave the girls some advice on speaking to MP’s and explained lots of things they could do to help the campaign along with answering the campaigner’s questions. Later on, they had the MP drop-in meetings. MP’s dropped in throughout the day and spoke to the team within their school pairs. The girls had a chance to speak with a Welsh MP, as well as being lucky enough to talk to Kate Osamor, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. The girls brought the Campaigns message and point across to her strongly, Emilie and Sophie are honoured to have met her. The girls then met a BBC School Report journalist who explained how to use the media to spread the word of how to #MakeSchoolsSafe. All the campaigners were then lucky enough to be able to watch the House of Commons sit and debate Brexit! (they even saw Theresa May in the debate!)
The girls finished off the day with a talk from Harriet Baldwin, the Minister of International Development. Sophie gave a talk about girls facing disadvantage to her. Overall, the girls are extremely grateful to have been able to experience the day they did! Meeting Ministers, MPs and even watching a debate was really eye-opening and has made them very sure the #MakeSchoolsSafe campaign has got the word out that every child should have an education, a safe, quality education. Emilie and Sophie are very grateful for the opportunity they have had. They ask and hope for as many people to get involved!
More information about the work Emilie and Sophie do for the campaign here: https://www.sendmyfriend.org/