The campaign seeks to increase community awareness of the state of education internationally and generate the political will necessary to ensure that the UK plays an active and effective part in the efforts to secure education for all.
Quality education is empowering and transformative: it prepares young people for life, helps them reach their full potential, and has a central role in making the world more peaceful and prosperous.
But for this to happen, schools need to be safe havens – places where young people are able to learn and thrive. In the UK, we often take this principle for granted, but unfortunately, around the world, each year 246 million children experience violence at school. This has to stop.
That is why the Send My Friend to School campaign, of which the NEU is a founding member and remains a key supporter, focused on the theme Make Schools Safe in 2018, specifically asking the UK to sign the Safe Schools Declaration.
While this goal was achieved, more work needs to be done to ensure the UK implements the Declaration and takes other steps to ensure safe schools for all children and teachers across the globe.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson announced that the UK would sign the Safe Schools Declaration.
The Send My Friend to School Campaign was a key player in this effort and we are proud to have been a part of it.