So, although the actual day of action is July 1st we juggled diaries around so I could get in early to see the kids and talk to them about the campaign, what I do as an MP, and try and explain our 0.7% commitment to international aid.
There is no doubt that Richard Coates School takes the campaign seriously, I would urge all the parents of the children to ask them about the campaign, what it is we do wth taxpayers money, and get involved in the Send My Friend campaign. If you want to know more about the campaign, which culminates in a final action day on July 1st then look here: http://www.sendmyfriend.org/take-action/day-action/
This project has the two key supporters. The British government supports it as part of the international aid budget - of which more below - and this is a key part of the support given by the European Union, again partly with our UK contributions. Both of these issues are hotly debated right mow, which is why the visit was all the more worthwhile.
Past examples of successful support is here: http://www.sendmyfriend.org/2014/06/world-leaders-pledge-nearly-17-billion-education/
The visit in Friday was timely because on Monday we have a debate in Westminster hall on International Aid. It is fair to say that some people in the country and in all political parties do not support this. I do. I have seen the soft power influence it has. I have also been to the refugees camps on the Syrian Turkish border myself and seen the impact that our international aid can have. For more details and pictures of that trip to the Nizip refugee camp see below.