Winchester school to hold girls’ rights event

Winchester school to hold girls’ rights event

Winchester school to hold girls’ rights event

First published in Winchester

A WINCHESTER school will be holding a special screening of a film campaigning for girls’ rights.

Joining St Swithun’s pupils for the viewing of the feature film Girl Rising will be BBC South Today’s Laura Trant, and former diplomat Sir Edward Clay.

It tells the tale of girls across the globe, and its associated campaign works with partner organisations including children’s charity Plan UK, which St Swithun’s have fundraised for through the Girls’ Schools Association.

Last year pupils raised £23,000 for a sister school in Uganda by walking, swimming and even parachute jumps, all which has enabled 23 girls to receive an education.

Genevieve Sharland, 18, a pupil, said: “Around the world there are currently 65 million girls who are not in education. We want to do our part to help the situation.” Headteacher Jane Gandee said: “We are looking forward to welcoming students, teachers and community leaders to consider collectively the issue of girls’ education in the developing world and to raise awareness of ways we can improve the situation.”

Plan is a global children’s charity that works with children in some of the poorest countries in the world, to help build a better future by giving them a healthy, secure and educated path to follow.

The screening will be held at the school’s Harvey Hall on March 25 at 7.30pm.

Entry is free, but anyone who is interested should contact the school in advance for tickets on 01962 835717 or by emailing dykesk@stswithuns.com.

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