8 April 2013
More than 100 MPs, and thousands more people across the UK, are backing a British Red Cross campaign to put first aid and humanitarian education on England’s new national curriculum.
Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver is urging the government to put the topics at the heart of the curriculum when it is announced later this year.
More than 10,000 people have already signed the Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver e-campaign asking their MP to take action. As a result, 124 MPs have signed an early day motion (EDM) urging the Government keep the topics in the classroom. This puts the motion 9th out of almost 1,300 in a list of parliament’s most backed EDMs.
A unique opportunity
Joe Mulligan, Red Cross head of first aid, said: “It’s great so many people agree that our children should learn about these vital topics. But we still need more signatures and support.
“This is a rare chance to build a generation of life-saving, global citizens. We can’t let it pass us by.”
He said first aid lessons equip young people with vital life-saving skills, and humanitarian education – covering issues like conflict and natural disasters – connects students with the wider world and helps them deal with crisis in their own lives.
"Nothing's more important"
The campaign has been backed by celebrities including mother-of-two Amanda Holden and Dr Dawn Harper from medical TV show Embarrassing Bodies.
Dr Harper said: “I am delighted to support Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver. There's nothing we can do that's more important than saving a life – so making sure the next generation know what to do in an emergency should be a priority for everyone.”
England’s new curriculum will be launched in September 2014, but the Red Cross only has a few more months to persuade politicians to act.
Education in the rest of the UK is overseen by the Scottish parliament and Welsh and Northern Irish assemblies, which are not holding curriculum reviews.