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Inspirational young lobbyists in the Wirral

Part of Friday was spent in Weatherhead High School, Wallasey, and then at the junior school at Birkenhead High School Academy. Full details of my Friday diary are always on my website.

The young women at Weatherhead are concerned about the future of Central Park in Wallasey.
The £300m government grant has been butchered by £100m.

The students know that the Council is up against it and fear that the parks budget will be cut.  They wanted to argue against this as well as seek alternative sources of funds.
So they are lobbying local businesses to see if they might be able to come up with some extra cash.

The lobbying took a different form at the High School Academy.  Here the pupils were working on a project which aims to help provide basic school equipment to children in Malawi.

But the pupils were also interested in how the government can help fulfil the Millennium Development Goal pledge to ensure that by 2015 children everywhere complete a full course of primary education. The pupils pointed out that close to 60 million children of primary school age still don't go to school.

They have written letters to the Prime Minister, who is currently co-chairing a panel advising on the future direction of the Goals.
I promised to pass on the letters and to table Parliamentary Questions asking how much of the growing overseas aid budget is going to education projects in Commonwealth countries like Malawi.
When this work is done I will report back to my young lobbyists.
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