SOME 400 children in Southwick impressed the area’s MP with their efforts to draw attention to the plight of youngsters in other countries who are too poor to go to school.
Pupils at Eastbrook Primary Academy, in Manor Hall Road, rallied to join the ‘Send My Friend To School’ campaign this week.
It sees thousands of youngsters across the UK uniting to speak up for the right of education for all.
And as part of the Southwick primary’s own campaign, they invited East Worthing and Shoreham MP, Tim Loughton down on Friday to see their work.
The former children’s minister was shown the youngster’s 2D and 3D model’s which all carried a poignant message on for world leaders, reminding them of their pledge for all children across the globe to have the chance to go to school.
Mr Loughton spoke to pupil ambassadors leading the project in the school and told them how some 58 million children across the globe still didn’t go to school.
“In some schools in Africa these kids just don’t get those basic chances for an education,” he said. “One of them, an eight-year-old boy, used to have to go and work as a goat shepherd.
“So I think all of the pupils have been quite surprised to find that out and as one of the little girls said quite angry, particularly when I was talking about places like Afghanistan where until recently girls weren’t allowed to go to school.”
The children posed for a whole school photo with Mr Loughton before handing him their models.
The MP pledged to take the children’s work with him to Westminster.