Students from Tanbridge House School in Horsham visited the Houses of Parliament recently and joined actress Joley Richardson and TV Presenter Natasha Kaplinsky to call on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and protect children in Yemen.
As part of a Save The Children Campaign, school children from across the UK visited the Houses of Parliament to present a petition calling for the UK Government to immediately suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. The petition currently has over 60,000 signatures.
Richardson told the Press Association: “Children should never be the victims of war, and they should be protected, and we shouldn’t be selling arms towards anyone that would bomb children and civilians.”
The celebrity duo held the charity’s red petition box and stood next to the “unnamed child” statue which symbolises the children of Yemen.
The six Tanbridge House students joined a number of other school children from across the UK in delivering the petition to the Houses of Parliament. The Tanbridge students also visited the Houses of Parliament for the day, met with Horsham MP Jeremy Quin and received a special tour of the iconic building.
Gail Watson, who leads on the school’s charity work, said: “The students had an excellent day visiting the Houses of Parliament. It was fantastic for them to be a part of a real life campaign/petition with Save the Children. They also particularly enjoyed meeting with Jeremy Quin and took the opportunity to give him a grilling and ask some tough questions!
As a Unicef Rights Respecting School, we were thrilled to be able to give students the opportunity to visit the heart of UK politics and further their understanding of rights and responsibilities across the globe, and how they can make a difference.”
A Rights Respecting School is one that is recognised to have placed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.
The UK has sold £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since air strikes in Yemen began, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade. Save The Children said there have been more than 15,000 air strikes and 1,600 children have been killed, more than half in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, since the beginning of the conflict.