Penny Mordaunt
Secretary of State for International Development
22 Whitehall


28 November 2017

Dear Penny,

I recently received a letter from year 6 pupils and their teacher, Mrs Mutton, at one of my local primary schools, Woodgate Primary School, regarding a campaign they have taken part in called ‘Send My Friend To School’. The children have asked that I send you their jigsaw puzzle pieces that include messages of hope that in the future, children worldwide will have the chance to go to school.

In 2015, world leaders signed up to a new set of commitments for a better world to tackle issues such as hunger and poverty. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a successor to the Millennium Development Goals and they include a goal of providing education for all, up to the age of 15, by 2030. World leaders must do more. At the current rate of progress, it will be 2084 before every child is in school. That’s over 50 years later than promised. Children are only children once – we are at risk of leaving a whole generation behind.

The children ask that you remind the Prime Minister of this commitment and hope that the Government will continue to support the goal of universal school education.


Yours sincerely,

Preet Kaur Gill

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston