Over 400 girls from Portsmouth High School took part in Plan-UK’s 10km World Wide Walk on Friday 27 March 2015.
The World Wide Walk is a moment for girls across the UK to walk together in solidarity and raise vital funds to support Plan’s work, supporting girls to achieve their full potential and lift themselves out of poverty. By taking part, Portsmouth High School were part of a very unique event that will have a real impact on the lives of girls. The money raised will go towards supporting a girl’s education in Uganda by providing essential school items – including uniform, textbooks and pencils.
Currently there are 66 million girls out of education globally. The plan is for girls across the UK to join together to walk ‘around the world’ (40,075km) and raise money to support girls in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The girls walked across Southsea Common and along the seafront – completing 10km each.
The walk was officially started by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Stephen Wyllie.
‘It is great that young women here are empowering themselves to empower other women across the world,’ said the Lord Mayor. ‘At Portsmouth High School there is a strong ethos of making strong young women.’
The school joined other GDST (Girls Day School Trust) schools to support Plan’s campaign for better education for girls globally. The aim was that girls walked a total of the circumference of the world – a distance of 40,075km.
Headmistress, Mrs Jane Prescott, said ‘the girls appreciate the education that they get at Portsmouth High School and are walking in support of many girls who don’t have those chances. The girls have a very strong sense of social responsibility and I think it is very important for them to realise how fortunate they are.’
Ellie Webb, 18, Head Girl, said:
‘We are all so fortunate to receive an education and this is an act of solidarity with other schools to show that we care and we are supporting girls across the globe who aren’t as fortunate as we are.’