March 05, 2015

Celebrities share their old school pictures to support #UpForSchool and girls' education

Ewan Watt

Online Editor, Theirworld

A host of stars have shared their old school pictures to show their support for the #UpForSchool Petition and the need for all girls around the world to get an education.

A host of stars have shared their old school pictures to show their support for the #UpForSchool Petition and the need for all girls around the world to get an education. They include singers Shakira and Pixie Lott, supermodel Heidi Klum and TV celebs Miranda Hart and Kelly Osbourne.

International Women's Day is on March 8 - but 31 million girls are deprived of even the most basic primary education and two-thirds of them will probably never go to school.

A World at School asked people to mark Throwback Thursday (TBT) today by posting a picture of themselves at school on social media - and to stand up for girls' education by asking people to sign the #UpForSchool Petition. It's a youth-led campaign that calls on world leaders to keep their promise to get all children into school and learning without danger or discrimination. 

A World at School co-founder Sarah Brown led the way with school photos of herself and husband Gordon, the former British prime minister and now United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. Sarah said: "This International Women's Day we can all stand #UpForSchool for the next generation and ensure that they have the opportunity to grow, learn at school and lead."

Check out the celebrity postings below from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - and then follow our International Women's Day blog, which brings you news, pictures and comment from events around the world. You'll also find lots more famous people sharing their old school photos there.

Shakira​

Colombian singer and education activist

Heidi Klum

German supermodel

​Sarah Brown​

A World at School co-founder

Gordon Brown

Ex-UK Prime Minister and UN education envoy

Priyanka Chopra

Indian star of Bollywood films

Michelle Dockery

British star of Downton Abbey and singer

Lang Lang

Chinese classic pianist 

>Pixie Lott

British pop star

Arianna Huffington

Founder of Huffington Post website

Brandy

American singer and activist

Laura Carmichael

British star of TV's Downton Abbey

Julia Gillard

Ex-Australian prime minister, now head of Global Partnership for Education

Miranda Hart

British star of TV's Miranda Show and Call The Midwife

Abby Cadabby

American star of children's TV show Sesame Street

Sharon Osbourne

British-American TV star, fashion designer, singer 

Bonnie Wright

British actress from Harry Potter films

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