Students at Royds Hall Community School make the case for International Aid.
Students of Royds Hall Community School told a senior Labour figure about their sponsorship of a school for blind children in Ethiopia.
Shadow International Development Secretary Mary Creagh was delighted to hear about the students’ views on overseas aid and their commitment to the project.
She was accompanied by Colne Valley’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Jane East, who said she was impressed by their belief that we as a rich country should help poor people in other parts of the world.
“They estimated that the UK spends between 20 and 60 per cent of its national income on overseas aid, while the actual figure is just 0.7 per cent.”
Mary Creagh said, “It was great to meet the staff and students at Royds Hall Community School. The students were very well informed and committed to helping the poorest people in the world. Their support for the school in Ethiopia will make a real difference.
“That’s why I’m proud Labour has pledged to support international development and voted for the law to spend 0.7% of the UK’s national income on international development.”
One boy, Alphi Mbarila, said he left the Congo at the age of two. “My family had to walk for miles to get to school.”
Head Girl Ella Taylor said international development was important and we need to make sure that people in developing countries have good education and health provision.
Head Boy Faheem Saeed related that the student body had held a two-minute silence to show their respect after the school attacks in Pakistan.
Ms East stressed how impressed she was by the school’s ethos, in building tolerance and understanding of different cultures. “We should never doubt the determination and capacity of our young people to build a better world.”