Be a part of the world’s biggest ever petition

There are 58 million girls and boys around the world who do not go to school.

An international petition, #UpForSchool has been launched to eliminate this figure and ensure every child’s basic right to go to school is realised.

The World at School – an international movement that co-ordinates the efforts of teachers, businesses, faith groups and many others to ensure education is a global priority – has launched a petition to ensure every child has the right to go to school and learn.

A World at School is an initiative from Theirworld, a UK charity founded in 2002 by Sarah Brown to make a difference to the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable babies, children and young people.

Its latest petition, #UpForSchool has over 5 million signatures with millions more pledged, and with ambitions of being a record breaking petition.

In 2000, world leaders made a promise enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals to give every boy and girl the right to go to school by 2015. However, there are still 58 million children denied the right to learn due to child labour, child marriage, conflict and discrimination.

A World At School is using this unique window of opportunity before world leaders come together in September 2015 to build #UpForSchool hoping to be the largest-ever petition and one world leaders cannot ignore.

The World at School team has developed a set of resources, suitable for key stages 2, 3 and 4. The pack outlines some of the reasons children cannot go to school. It includes videos, a collection of five lesson plans and photographs exploring global education issues. The difference that one child can make, compared to one class and one school, is also put into context.

Will your school join the world record attempt for the world’s largest petition? Sign it here:

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