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Last Updated: Thursday April 23 2009 15:27 GMT

Maddy meets school protesters

Maddy at one of the schools

Children across Glasgow in Scotland have been protesting for weeks to try to save 13 schools and 12 nurseries from shutting down.

Politicians say they need to close them to save money, but pupils say they don't want to move somewhere new. Maddy's spent the last few days in the city.


"Banners and posters saying Save Our Schools written in thick marker pen are draped all across the long railings outside a building called City Chambers in Glasgow.

It's where local politicians called councillors make important decisions, including whether or not to shut down 13 primary schools in this area.

Children with a Save Our Schools banner

Children and their parents have been campaigning outside the chambers for the past few weeks.

They've also been marching around the square just opposite. There's a big sign saying 'Beep if you support us', and I've spotted several cars giving the protesters a honk!

Last night was an extra special campaign night, because it was the final evening protest before the councillors made their final decision.

Families brought chairs to sit on plus a plastic shelter to protect them from the rain. Then they chanted their campaign songs for hours, things like 'Stop the Education Cuts' and 'What do we want? We want our schools!'

I met up with 11-year-old Sophie who told me she doesn't want to leave her school because she's worried about being split up from her friends.

She likes having lessons close to where she lives and says she feels part of a close community. She even likes all her teachers!

Not enough money

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A few weeks ago she chained herself to her school's railings to protest against the closure plans.

But councillors say they plan to shut the schools because classes aren't full, many buildings are old and crumbling and they say there isn't enough room for kids to play.

They say closing them will save them loads of money which they can then spend on things like books, computers and sports gear for lots of different schools.

All the pupil campaigners left the City Chambers before bedtime, but many of their mums and dads stayed on.

It was a freezing and wet night but around a dozen of them got their sleeping bags out and slept there.

Crumbling buildings

This morning I went along to two of the schools to take a look for myself.

They are in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, right in the middle of an estate which jam-packed with blocks of flats and houses.

You can tell the buildings haven't been painted for a while, and there isn't space for a big sports field or play area.

Campaigning girls

But once again kids told me they didn't care! They think staying with their friends is the most important thing. If their school closes, there's no guarantee that will happen.

Some are also worried about having to take the bus, instead of just walking round the corner to get to class each morning.

Everyone we spoke to said they're really worried about the councillors' decision.

Shock decision

And then the decision came through - all the schools except for one nursery and one primary school are to close.

The decision hasn't gone down well, and many kids and parents say they'll keep campaigning to try to get them to change their minds."

Maddy