Chester pupils backing campaign to help world's poorest


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A POLITICIAN has spoken to pupils about the importance of all children going to school.

The visit by Chester MP Stephen Mosley was part of the Send My Friend to School campaign, which has seen youngsters across Chester drawing little people – ‘friends’ – and giving them to the city’s MP in the name of the millions of children in the world who do not have the chance to go to school.

Mr Mosley has also visited Belgrave Primary in Westminster Park and Cherry Grove Primary School in Boughton. Other schools have sent friends directly to the MP’s office.

Speaking after his visit, in which he addressed a school assembly, Mr Mosley said: “The UK is leading the way in helping the poorest people in the world and the children of Chester are playing their part.

“We are the first country to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on international development.

“We’re doing it by cutting aid to countries that no longer need it, including Russia and China, while directing more money than ever to the areas of greatest need. By 2015, aid from the UK will have delivered better nutrition to 11 million children and pregnant women, immunised 55 million children, and put over 11 million children into school.

“I’m proud of that record, and I hope all of the children involved in Send My Friend to School are proud of their role in helping ensure the poorest children in our world can go to school.”

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