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10 May 2011    


Former Speaker in the House of Commons Baroness Betty Boothroyd and the 
first Asian woman to be given a peerage Baroness Shreela Flather today started 
a campaign to  enroll 1000 secondary schools across the UK to an initiative 
“1000 schools for 1000 girls” set up by The Commonwealth Countries League 
Education Fund. 

Each UK school that enrolls will encourage each of their pupils to raise one 
pound a year. A school of 500 pupils will raise £500 a year which will be enough 
money to send one or more girls in a commonwealth country such as 
Bangladesh, Belize or Ghana to school for a year. By enrolling 1000 schools the 
aim is to raise enough funds to put at least 1000 girls in the developing world 
through secondary school.  

Thirteen UK schools have already expressed a desire to enroll and today’s call is 
hoping that 1000 UK secondary schools will sign up by the end of the summer. 

The initiative was launched in the House of Commons Jubilee room today by its 
Patron Baroness Flather, the first Asian woman to receive a peerage. Former 
speaker of the House of Commons Baroness Betty Boothroyd and Nick Boles, 
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Schools Minister Nick Gibb- representing the 
Minister of State for Education Mr. Michael Gove, both spoke passionately about 
how the initiative can change lives and communities in the developing world. A 
number of secondary schools from across the UK were in the audience.

Baroness Flather said: 

“The beauty of this initiative is that it is practical and simple. By each pupil having 
to raise just one pound a year there is every chance that the scheme will 

“Each girl that is educated by this initiative will act as a catalyst for change in 
their community and country.  

“Young people in the UK want to help and connect with their peers around the 
world and this initiative helps tap into that spirit.” 

Ladi Dariya, fundraiser and former beneficiary of the fund, said: 

“Burntwood School in Wandsworth raised money to send me to school in Nigeria. 
The students that raised money for me changed my life and in turn I was able to 
make a huge difference to the people around me. Education is the gift that keeps 

Head teacher of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, Helen Dorfman has signed 
up the school to this brand new initiative and the school has raised funds and 
committed to support two girls in Rwanda for 5 years. Speaking on behalf of the 
head teacher, deputy head teacher Charles Harper emphasized Burntwood’s 
long standing tradition in supporting charities that make a difference to lives. 

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The Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) Education Fund aims are to 
promote the education and advancement of women throughout the 
Commonwealth as a contributory factor in the alleviation of world poverty.  

To date, the Fund has sponsored over 4,000 girls in more than 30 Commonwealth 
countries giving them the opportunity to achieve their ambitions, expand their 
horizons and take their rightful place in the community. Many have gone on to 
careers in medicine, teaching, tourism, telecommunications and accountancy. 
Others work in libraries, the legal system, the computer industry and 
forestry/agriculture. All have developed skills benefiting themselves, their families 
and their communities; many have a status previously denied to them. The work 
continues – from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea, Guyana to The Gambia, 
Bangladesh to Botswana, The Solomon Islands to St Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago 
to Tanzania and Ghana to Grenada. 

The CCL has a programme of informative talks and social functions. It organises 
the annual Commonwealth Fair in association with the spouses of the 
Commonwealth High Commissioners and affiliated organisations to raise funds 
for its charitable arm, the CCL Education Fund, and administers an alumnae 
association bringing together those sponsored by the fund over the last 40 years 
with those currently sponsored. 

For further queries please contact Ladi Dariya at 
02034 6634874, 07828 436381 

Supporting Schools 

Burntwood School, London 
Bishop Thomas Grant School, London
South Hampstead High School, London 
Haydon School, London 
Chestnut Grove, London 
Graveney School, London 
Ernest Bevin School, London 
Lostock Hall Comm.High sch, Preston, Lancashire 
Greenwich Community college, London 
Lewisham College, London
Winchcombe School, Cheltenham 
The Community College at Thornhill, Dewsbury
Culverhay School, Bath
The Heathland School, London
Wheatley CE School, Oxfordshire
Stamford Queen Eleanor School, Stamford
The Walton Girls' High School, Grantham
Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham
City of London School for Girls
The Charter School, London
Nottingham Girls' High School
St Catherine's, Bramley
Queenswood School, Hatfield
The Tiffin Girls' School, Surrey
Windlesham House School, West Sussex
St. Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith
Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls, Eltham
Wimbledon High School
Kingston Grammar School
Subiton High school
Putney High School
Sydenham High School
Heathfield School for Girls
Emmanuel College


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