MP Kevin Brennan visited Millbank School, and answered pupils’ questions about education for all.
Millbank Primary, in Cardiff, has been active in the Send My friend to School campaign since it first launched in 2005.
This year we have all been making buddies both online and in paper showing our support for the Campaign. Again our MP Kevin Brennan (pictured here with some of the students) kindly came into school to take them up to Westminster for us as part of the campaign. He answered some of the childrens’ questions such as:
ZAC: “HOW DOES THE ‘CREDIT CRUNCH’ (ECONOMIC DOWNTURN) AFFECT AID GIVEN TO COUNTRIES?”
KB: “Well we should not let it affect our commitments and promises to help. In 2000 lots of countries agreed that we should help the needed to improve things to make life better these are known as Millennium Development Goals one of these is to get everyone in school by 2015. Yes the global economic downturn it makes it a bit harder for us, but it also means that it is even more important that we do help those in most need.”
SHAMIRA: “WHY DO GIRLS HAVE TO DO ALL THE WORK?”
KB: “This is about Equality, often just because women have always worked hard looking after families, it is seen as being traditional or cultural. It used to be like that here in the UK with women being paid less than men and not being allowed to vote. It is important that girls around the world are allowed to go to school and get an education. In fact children whose mothers have been to school are 50% more likely to live beyond the age of 5 that those who have not.”
MISS ALLEN: “CAN THE CHILDREN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVEN AS A SMALL SCHOOL?”
KB: “Absolutely, you do lots of things already here at Millbank working on lots of local and global issues. By promoting Fairtrade and sustainable living, collecting litter and writing to manufacturers of litter it all has an effect. You can make a difference locally and globally”
See all of the children’s questions and Kevin Brennan’s answers, plus more lovely photos, on the Millbank School website.