Students to meet PM to talk about hunger

CAMPAIGNING pupils from a Bognor Regis school will meet the prime minister next week.

The six student leaders at The Regis School will tell David Cameron about their work on the IF campaign to end hunger.

They will be handing plates made in the school to symbolise their concerns.

They were invited to speak to Mr Cameron next Thursday after UNICEF UK became so impressed with their work.

Natasha Adams, from UNICEF UK, said: “As a UNICEF UK rights respecting school, The Regis School is committed to promoting active citizenship.

“The students care passionately about the issue of global hunger and were keen to make suggestions about how the UK can take action.”

School assistant principal Caroline Saunders said: “The student leaders care about other children and want to do what they can to make their lives better.

“The IF campaign is a great way for them to get involved and to feel they are part of a bigger picture.”

The Westloats Lane school has more than 250 student leaders who support their peers across its six houses.

The leaders asked to be part of the IF campaign to end hunger, backed by charities such as Christian Aid, and for the subject to be the focus of their training day.

This resulted from the school’s link with UNICEF as a rights-respecting school and showed the passion of two students who visited Uganda and had seen the impact of child poverty.

The day looked at the struggles of so many people to obtain food and water and the fact children in Uganda were forced to survive on just 150g of porridge a day provided by schools with an annual budget of £1 a child.

This led to the IF campaign and the making of plates by the leaders.

Jessica Rawlins, a Year 10 house leader and rights respecting school ambassador, said: “I really enjoyed the activities and it taught me not to waste food as there are people in the world who can’t pick and choose what they eat.”

The student leaders encouraged the school’s other pupils to make plates.

This was to enable Mr Cameron to see how passionately the whole school felt about the subject.