Send My Friend to School is a UK civil society coalition of international development NGOs, teachers’ unions and charities. It brings together young people, politicians, teachers, civil society and the media in join campaigning to demand quality education for all children across the globe.
Global Campaign for Education
Send My Friend to School is the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a global organisation working to ensure quality education for all children, with members in over 90 countries.
Here in the UK, each year thousands and thousands of schools and young people take part in the Send My Friend campaign, teaching young people the power and importance of using their voices in chorus with others across the globe to create positive change.
Why we campaign for education
Education is powerful.
Not just for individual children and their families, but for whole communities, countries and the world. Education can provide stability to children who are displaced, open up paths out of poverty, reduce the likelihood of conflict, contribute to a healthy planet and is vital for long-term growth. Education is critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. By calling on world leaders to make education a priority we aim to unleash the power of education and ensure that no child is left behind.
The international community has committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. However, 262 million children are currently out of school, and for those that are in school many are not actually learning. The situation is heightened for those groups that face increased and intersecting barriers such as marginalised groups, children with disabilities, girls and those living in conflict situations.
Send My Friend to School – your questions
How can my school get involved?
You can join the campaign by filling out this form. You will receive a free Teacher’s Pack with everything needed to get your class involved – including case studies, campaigns films and activity sheets.
How does contacting my MP help in getting education for all?
Your Member of Parliament (MP) is the first link in a chain of influence all the way from you to the world leaders whose decisions will affect whether we can achieve education for all.
Is this a new campaign?
No, Send my Friend to School has been running since 2005. We’re part of a huge global movement called the Global Campaign for Education. Take a look at the Campaign timeline to find out what we have achieved so far.
Who else is involved?
Over 10,000 schools and youth groups, and millions of children, have been involved so far in the UK. Take a look at the your stories section for examples what young people have done around the UK.
By joining Send My Friend to School you become part of something really huge, because right around the world people are also calling for education for all. More than 18 million people in 100 countries have taken part in campaigning activities.
In 2008 we set an amazing world record when 8.8 million people all did a lesson at the same time to make it the World’s Biggest Lesson, and this year, young people will be raising their voices right round the world to make sure world leaders make the right decisions to Unlock Education for Everyone.
Can we raise money to help?
Massive change needs action on a massive scale, with the support of governments and international organisations, so Send My Friend to School asks schools and young people to raise their voices, rather than raise money.
However, if you wish to make a donation to the Send My Friend to School campaign it is very much appreciated.
Please send your donation as a cheque made payable to Results Education, with a note to indicate that it is for Send My Friend to School to the following address:
Send My Friend to School
c/o Results UK