"I visited John Hanson Community School this morning, at the invitation of Amy Randall, to hear about their aspiration to start an Andover-wide campaign to combat malaria."
The girls involved are Amy Randall (Chair), Emily Barnatt, Emily Kitson, Lauren Adams, Dana Shelley, Caitlin Killick and Sarah de Courcey Dashwood. Their PSHE teacher is Tim Valjak.
"I gave them advice about setting up a charity,and, in the meantime, raising funds for an existing charity. I was impressed by the amount of research they had done into the problem and their enthusiasm to raise funds and awareness, and to broaden this out to an Andover-wide initiative."
Sir George has written to his Cabinet colleague, Justine Greening, telling her about the work of the school in this area.
Sir George donated a House of Commons teddy bear to the cause, when the pupils plan to have a stall on July 6th at a fete in Andover. "I hope it raises a bob or two."
The girls, who had learned about malaria in their Citizenship lessons, want to involve all Andover schools in education about and active campaigning to fight malaria. Andover schools are “rights-respecting”, with values derived from UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is their intention to ask all town schools to address malaria in the curriculum and to support them in active participation to raise awareness and funds. From there, the student team will seek to develop its work to include the whole Andover community.