Campaigning children a lesson to us all
Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00
A group of children spent yesterday campaigning in favour of going to school -- for all their peers around the world.
Five-year-old Tana Eken (left) and Maia Ward (6) were among those who helped Irish charity ActionAid to launch a new drive to support critical education projects in developing countries.
Almost 70 million children across the world are prevented from going to school each day, according to a report published by ActionAid and the Global Campaign for Education.
Across the world 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all children left school with basic reading skills. In Sub-Saharan Africa, providing every mother with secondary education would save the lives of 1.8 million children every year, the charity said.
ActionAid helps ensure access to vital services such as clean water and health- care and education and also encourages local economic development. They can be contacted at 1890 704 704.