Student members of the Burntwood Oxfam Youth Action Group (Boxfam) in Earlsfield are campaigning to increase awareness for the impact of the war on Syria on children. As part of their campaign they welcomed Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan to their school assembly to talk about the war in Syria, the devastating impact it is having on children in the country, and what local school children can do to help.
Over 110,000 people, including 7000 children have been killed in the conflict in Syria. Millions of children have been displaced, fled to neighbouring countries such as Lebanon as refugees and continue to struggle for basic needs, such as clean water and warm clothing.
Sadiq discussed these issues in an ‘on the sofa’ discussion with year 11 students. He commended them for their work so far in spreading awareness about the issue, and pledged to help spread the word by tweeting his support and raising it directly with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The students also quizzed their MP on why he chose to become an MP and whether he preferred Justin Bieber to One Direction!
In the future, the group plans to create a petition for their fellow students to sign, which will be handed to Sadiq, to call for more support for children in Syria.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“I was incredibly impressed by the work the Burntwood Students have put into this campaign, and I was more than happy to be asked to help them promote their campaign. I will also be writing to David Cameron to raise their concerns directly with him.
“Staff and parents from Burntwood should be very proud of their students, who, by choosing to campaign on the issue of child welfare in the Syrian conflict, have shown true compassion and selflessness – traits any school would be proud of.”
Members of Boxfam said:
“Sadiq came in and he answered our questions on Syria and his role in parliament. He was very funny!”
“In the future we want to speak to more people in power.”
“As part of the Boxfam we organise and create events in order to raise awareness about a variety of Oxfam's campaigns. Currently we are working with Oxfam to help children in Syria. On Wednesday the 13th of November we invited Sadiq Khan to our whole school assembly interviewing him about our campaign. He was very friendly and gave us great answers to our questions and we are proud to say he is our local MP!”