Rotary in Scotland backs the #UpForSchool Petition

Up for School or #upforschool campaign


Rotary in Scotland has urged its members to support the #UpForSchool Petition after hearing about the struggle for universal education from A World at School co-founder Sarah Brown.

She addressed the annual conference of North of Scotland, District 1010 of the international organisation which brings together business and professional leaders to create positive change in communities and around the world.

Sarah told them about the #UpForSchool Petition, which will deliver a message to world leaders that they must keep their promise that every child will be in school and learning by the end of 2015.

In a follow-up letter to District 1010, she said: “This is a big but not impossible task – schools can be built, teachers trained, learning materials supplied and barriers removed to enable boys and girls to attend school.

“As Rotarians join the fight to end polio, contribute to the fight against Ebola and much more, this additional request to donate a signature gives hope for the future.”

District 1010 then asked all of its members and those from the other Scottish districts (1020 and 1230) to spread the word and urge as many people as possible to sign #UpForSchool.

Rotary's District 1010 stretches from the northern shores of the Firth of Forth to the Shetland Isles in the north and the Hebrides in the west. It has 88 Rotary clubs with about 3000 Rotarian members. Its annual conference was held in Dunblane and attended by more than 500 Rotarians and friends.

In April, Sarah appeared at the annual Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Conference in Birmingham. She interviewed teenage education campaigner Malala Yousafzai on the stage in front of 2000 delegates.

Rotary International has a track record of supporting education, particularly through the Rotary Foundation and its worldwide scholarship programme.

You can sign the #UpForSchool Petition here.

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