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1,400 pupils form world map demo
Take a closer look at how the pupils formed the 'human map'

Nearly 1,400 Aberystwyth school children have formed a human "map" of the world to raise awareness about the state of education in poor countries.

They stood on the football pitch at Ysgol Penglais to form an outline, as part of a global education campaign.

Organisers of Send My Friend To School claim 80 million children worldwide miss out on school due to poverty.

Pupils are forming human chains in 120 countries, but Ysgol Penglais said its map idea was "a bit different".

The project is run by the Global Campaign for Education, which comprises of charities including Action Aid and Comic Relief. It is urging the G8 countries to invest more money in child education.

To highlight this, children around the world are being asked to form human, paper and online chains, and send details and pictures to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chair of the G8 - a group of the world's richest nations.

Ysgol Penglais' assistant head teacher Matthew Brown said: "We've been learning about the Global Campaign for Education's project during our school assemblies.

"Sixth form pupils have been giving presentations about the campaign. Children are being asked to form chains, but we decided to do something a bit different."

Mr Brown said the map was marked out in readiness during the Easter break and on Tuesday children took their places.

An aerial photograph was then taken.


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