The Send My Friend to School initiative are looking for two year 10 British teenagers to become its Young Ambassadors for the 2016 campaign in Kenya.
The two Young Ambassadors chosen will visit Kenya on a fact-finding mission with Deaf Child Worldwide and the Global Campaign for Education UK to discover some of the barriers which still deny millions of children their right to a quality education.
They will visit projects run by Deaf Child Worldwide (the global arm of the National Deaf Children’s Society) and meet deaf children, teachers, government officials and charity workers in urban and rural parts of Kenya. Their focus will be to explore what support is needed to ensure deaf children can achieve in line with their hearing classmates.
“In Kenya, most deaf children have no technological support, such as hearing aids. Those who do go to school are often in classes with up to 50 pupils, where the majority of their teachers have never received any deaf awareness training, making learning next to impossible. Leaving school with no education or communication skills often commits them to a life of poverty.” – Send My Friend to School
Following the trip the winners will share their first-hand Kenyan experience to inspire young people around the UK to speak out for the right of all children everywhere to receive a quality education. As part of this, they will have the opportunity to support the campaign in the media, speaking at events and to politicians.
If you wish to apply, you will need to be able to demonstrate you knowledge and understanding of campaign work, be an outstanding communicator and be committed to seeing a world where all children have access to quality education.
This year’s ambassadors were Emily and George who travelled to Ghana with ActionAid. You can watch the film they made about their trip below.
If you would like to apply, the closing date for applications is the 16 November and you can read full details and download an application form by clicking here.