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Last Updated: Wednesday January 30 2008 17:37 GMT

In Pictures: Kids protest against closing village schools

School protest

Loads of kids in Shropshire in central England have been fighting to save their schools by protesting on the streets.

School protest

Schools in the area were empty on Wednesday, as hundreds of kids took part in the demonstrations.

School protest

The local council wants to close some smaller schools, and send the children to bigger ones.

School protest

But campaigners say closing the schools will rip the heart out of local communities.

School protest

A drop in the number of babies being born has led to fewer children going to school in some areas.

School protest

Education costs money, and some people say its cheaper to send lots of kids to one big school, rather than having them scattered out at lots of smaller schools.

School protest

And Shropshire isn't the only place affected, with other councils in England and in Wales considering shutting some of their rural schools.



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