Anti poverty campaigner from Neasden in Whitehall to discuss UK aid to the poor

PUBLISHED: 17:52 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:41 31 January 2018

Dawn Butler MP and Adetokunbo Omisade at their meeting in Parliament

Dawn Butler MP and Adetokunbo Omisade at their meeting in Parliament


An anti-poverty campaigner from Neasden took her fight against extreme poverty to Whitehall where she hoped to get a multi million pound pledge promise from the government.

Adetokunbo Omisade, who is part of the ONE Campaign’s Youth Ambassador programme, met with Dawn Butler MP in parliament to discuss UK aid and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) summit in Africa taking place on Friday.

The 26-year-old was lobbying the Brent Central MP for her help in getting education prioritised in countries where there is extreme poverty.

Ade, one of 50 campaigners who attended the event at Whitehall, said: “It was great to meet with Dawn to discuss how the UK can help defeat extreme poverty and help girls’ education.

“I believe it’s really important to show how much my community cares about solving these issues.

The visit on January 22 marked the end of a year-long programme to raise awareness of their campaign - and the need to raise money.

She added: “What we were doing for this year is education in developing countries. I met Dawn so she could help me meet Penny Morduant, the secretary of state for International Development, to ask her to pledge £380m.”

A full UK pledge to GPE over three years would enable 4,750,000 additional children to complete primary school per year, including 2,350,000 girls and almost 2,700,000 children in countries affected by fragility or conflict.

It would train an average of 425,000 teachers and allow just under 6,000 classrooms to be built.

Ms Butler, shadow minister for women and equalities, said: “It was great to meet Ade, a passionate campaigner and Brent resident. Ade spoke at length about the work she has been doing over the past year for ONE as well as her other charitable work.

It is vital that we ensure that the government is committed to tackling extreme poverty not just here in the UK but across the world.

“This can be achieved by empowering young women and boys in the world’s poorest countries by ensuring they have access to education. Education should always be part of our Sustainable Development Goals”.

The GPE is holding its replenishment summit in Dakar, Senegal, on February 2. It hopes to raise $3.1 billion, which it will use to help educate millions of children in the world’s poorest countries.

A spokeswoman for the Department for International Development, said the government will be announcing its pledge to the GPE on Friday.


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