A few weeks ago Sharon McGran and Marcia sat down with our Steering Group and talked about the issues that are occurring around the world. It was decided that it was important to raise awareness of the fact that in some countries children and girls in particular are still not accessing their right to an education. The school council researched this issue and came back with the following facts:
-In Western Central Africa 28 million girls do not have access to an education
-More than 61 million children don’t attend their primary schools and twice as many girls as boys will never even start school.
-Two thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.
-Less than 40% of countries provide girls and boys with equal access to education.
-32 million primary-age girls are missing school around the world.
This means that all of these children are not accessing their right to an education ( Article 12, 28 and 29). The School Council held an assembly and talked about the fact that all of these children had their dignity taken away from them!
We decided to have a sponsored silence on Friday the 3rd of May and that all of the money raised would go to Educaid. Educaid is a charity that has worked with our school for many years. Their aim is to educate the citizens of Sierra Leone and they have also worked very hard at raising awareness and helping women and young girls to have access to an education (www.educaid.org.uk). The school council worked really hard at putting posters around the school to spread more awareness of the reason why we were having a sponsored silence.
Last Friday all of the children from Reception up until Year 6 participated in the sponsored silence. In reception the children decided to play a game of sleeping lions and managed to lie very quietly for a very long time. We were very impressed!
In Year 1 the children were doing a variety of activities but managed to do it in complete silence!! Amazing!
In other classes the children decided to use their white boards and Makaton to help them communicate with the other adults and their friends.
The rest of the children continued to do an activity of their choice in silence.
The day was an absolute success and we have so far managed to raise £250. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the sponsored Silence.