The search is on for two talented and articulate 14 or 15-year-olds to travel to Bangladesh to help highlight the barriers faced by the campaign for universal education.
It is part of the annual Send My Friend to School campaign, for which the two successful year 10 pupils will become the 2015 Young Ambassadors.
Send My Friend to School is part of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), which is seeking to hold world governments to account for their Millennium Development Goal pledge that every child should have access to a full primary education by the year 2015.
While progress has been made, today there are still 57 million children around the world who miss out on an education.
The chosen pair will travel to Bangladesh next year, with GCE UK and the charity ActionAid.
As 2015 is the target year for the goal of universal education, Bangladesh has been chosen as a country that has some successful strategies to share.
Bangladesh has seen some significant progress towards the goal of universal primary education, with high enrolment rates and equal numbers of boys and girls now entering both primary and secondary school.
The Young Ambassadors will meet with young campaigners, politicians, charity workers and children both in and out of school, as part of this fact-finding mission. They will also visit ActionAid’s Promoting Rights in Schools project.
The 2014 Young Ambassadors were Maisie le Masurier and Rebecca Unwin, from Guildford County School in Surrey, who travelled earlier this year to Uganda to investigate the barriers that disabled children, including those with visual difficulties, can face to their education.
Those applying for the 2015 role will need to demonstrate their “passion and commitment for education for all”. Students must also to show their knowledge and understanding of campaigning work and be effective communicators.
The Young Ambassador role is made possible through the annual Steve Sinnott Award – which was set up in memory of the late general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) who was passionate about the global fight for education. The award is now funded by GCE UK and the NUT. For full details, visit www.sendmyfriend.org/young-ambassadors
Extracts from a diary written by Maisie and Rebecca were printed in SecEd earlier this year. You can read these at http://bit.ly/YSW2gF
CAPTION: Education goal: Rebecca (left) and Maisie in Iganga Secondary School in Uganda. Photo: Graeme Robertson