10,000 children rise #UpForSchool in Delhi and call for more action on education
Up for School or #upforschool campaign
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What an amazing sight – as 10,000 children march in Delhi to back the #UpForSchool campaign and call on the Indian government to spend more on education and health.
The annual Public Day rally on February 2 attracted children and activists from across India to highlight demands for children’s rights.
At the rally, the #UpForSchool campaign was promoted by the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) and Nine is Mine – a child-led campaign to end poverty which calls for 9% of the country’s gross domestic product to be spent on education (6%) and health (3%).
The #UpForSchool Petition calls on world leaders to keep their promise that all children around the world can go to school without fear of danger or discrimination
CSEI director Annie Namala said at the rally: “It is a very important step – the #UpForSchool campaign.
“Everyone recognises that education is a priority. Everybody says it is important. We still have lots of children outside of school – all of us see them every day. But we still pretend that children are inside school.”
Ms Namala said Indian government data for 2014 shows six million children out of school but that millions more are not being counted. She added: “It is important to say that we as a whole society stand #UpForSchool and we are concerned that every child should be in school.”
You can sign the #UpForSchool Petition here and read more about how young people around the world are promoting our campaign.