Petition - Gap in Educational Attainment

– in the House of Commons at 6:40 pm on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee 6:40 pm, 26th June 2018

I call Leo Docherty. Where is the chappie? We have reached petitions rather earlier than is commonplace and the hon. Gentleman is not in his place. However, Mr Martyn Day, who has a petition, is in his place, and we will now hear from him.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

I rise to present a petition on behalf of the pupils and staff of Deanburn Primary School, which I was happy to visit last Friday to collect from the children there their sign to send to the Prime Minister to make schools safe, and I collected 231 of the signs, which will be making their way now to the Prime Minister’s office. I was very touched by the commitment of the young people to speak up for the right to education of children worldwide. They have also produced a petition, which I present tonight.

The petition states:

The petition of pupils and staff of Deanburn Primary School,

Declares that the petitioners believe that the gap in educational attainment across the globe is deplorable;
further that schools need to be a safe and peaceful haven where children are free to learn and flourish;
yet 264 million young people are denied this right worldwide.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to ensure that the “Send my Friend to School”
campaign forms a key aspect of the UK Government’s international development programme and ensure that every child in the world receives a quality education to reach their full potential.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

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