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Last Updated: Wednesday February 09 2005 15:44 GMT

Send My Friend to School launch

These school children are cutting out paper figures, or buddies, during the launch of The Send My Friend to School Campaign in London.

These school children are cutting out paper figures, or buddies, during the launch of The Send My Friend to School Campaign in London.

A million cut-outs are being sent to eight of the world's most powerful leaders, called the G8, reminding them of their promise to help children around the world who are too poor to go to primary scho

A million cut-outs are being sent to eight of the world's most powerful leaders, called the G8, reminding them of their promise to help children around the world who are too poor to go to primary school.

Each buddy represents a child who is too poor to go to school. Pupils at the launch, from London and Sheffield, decorated their buddies. Some wrote messages for the world leaders on the back.

Each buddy represents a child who is too poor to go to school. Pupils at the launch, from London and Sheffield, decorated their buddies. Some wrote messages for the world leaders on the back.

Buddies can be any size. These are about the size of an A4 piece of paper...

Buddies can be any size. These are about the size of an A4 piece of paper...

...and this one is life-size!

...and this one is life-size!

Speaking at the launch, Emily Kioko-Echessa said that Kenya needed help from other countries to build the schools and hire the teachers needed to give children a free primary education.

Speaking at the launch, Emily Kioko-Echessa said that Kenya needed help from other countries to build the schools and hire the teachers needed to give children a free primary education.

Politician Gareth Thomas reminded the audience that girls in particular were being denied an education in 75 countries.

Politician Gareth Thomas reminded the audience that girls in particular were being denied an education in 75 countries.

Children from this London school told the gathering: "We went to school today. We will go to school tomorrow. But over 100 million children don't have this opportunity."

Children from this London school told the gathering: "We went to school today. We will go to school tomorrow. But over 100 million children don't have this opportunity."

Film writer and director Richard Curtis said: "It's so unfair that people with the least money have the most difficulty getting an education, which would in turn help them out of poverty."

Film writer and director Richard Curtis said: "It's so unfair that people with the least money have the most difficulty getting an education, which would in turn help them out of poverty."




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