Guildford, Woking and Spelthorne

‘Back to School’ Sponsored Walk

‘Back to School’ Sponsored Walk

“BACK TO SCHOOL” SPONSORED WALK TO SUPPORT
VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

9.30am Saturday 15th September 2012

Top Car Park, Puttenham Common, Surrey

On Saturday 15th September, international child rights charity, Jubilee Action is hosting a ‘Back to School’ sponsored walk in Puttenham, Surrey, in aid of children in developing countries who are denied their right to education.

‘Back to School’ is open to those who wish to enjoy a country walk at the same time as change children’s lives.  Participants can choose between circular routes of 3 miles, 7.5 miles and 9 miles in and around the peaceful countryside of Puttenham Common, Surrey.  Registration begins at 9:30am in the Puttenham Common Top Car Park.

Around the world, 101 million children are denied access to education.  That’s more than double the population of Spain being excluded from school.

Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states that access to education is a right for all children.  Education is hugely significant as it impacts on many other human rights and has implications for the rest of a child’s life.  For example, education is important in accessing employment opportunities, and a lack of education is a risk factor for child marriage and early childbirth, associated with increased maternal and infant mortality.

This is why Jubilee Action, founded 20 years ago in Guildford, works to deliver specialised and informal education programmes to those who would otherwise have no access to schooling.  Working through 11 projects, across 7 countries, Jubilee Action runs alternative education programmes.  For example in Kisumu, Kenya, they run an informal school for street children, in Patongo, Uganda, they run vocational and business training for former child soldiers and in Musanze, Rwanda, they run specialised education for children with hearing impairments.

Jubilee Action’s informal education programmes offer a relaxed atmosphere for learning for street children and other children who have missed out on education due to abuse, and are struggling to reintegrate into a formal school environment.  For older children who have missed out on education, the programmes provide vocational and business training so young people are able to earn a living.

As there are few schools in the developing world which cater to children with disabilities, Jubilee Action also provides specialised education and teaching materials to enable these children to integrate with their local school.

Zoë Stoker, Community Fundraising Co-ordinator at Jubilee Action says, “We’re really excited about our ‘Back to School’ sponsored walk and are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather on the day!  We’re sure this is going to be a fun event for all involved, brilliant exercise and, most importantly, we’re anticipating seeing the funds raised making a real difference in the lives of the children currently unable to access education.”

Walkers can sign up through Jubilee Action’s website at www.jubileeaction.org/pages/back-to-school.html or request a sign up pack through the post by calling 01483 230250.  Please note that unfortunately due to the terrain, the sponsored walk is unsuitable for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters.