Marcus Rashford has explained how combating child poverty has become his new Champions League dream after refusing to take no as an answer in his quest to force a U-turn on the government’s plan to end free school meal vouchers.
22-year-old Marcus Rashford has successfully campaigned the UK government to spend an extra £120M on free school meals during summer holidays for children in need
Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to grant the Manchester United forward’s passionate plea for school meals to be provided for vulnerable children throughout the summer holidays, with the coronavirus pandemic and the financial crisis it has generated placing those most at risk of poverty in need of more help than ever before.
Rashford has been a shining light in dark times, with the England international launching a charity scheme alongside FareShare to fund meals for vulnerable people, with more than three million now distributed every week.
The 22-year-old has spoken openly of how his family depended on similar schemes when he was a child, and upon seeing the government’s decision not to extend the scheme worth £15-a-week to families throughout the summer, he decided to take action.
However, Rashford’s aim is not solely to force a U-turn on the decision that could see hundreds of thousands of children go hungry in the summer months, but to completely revolutionize child poverty in the United Kingdom.
Rashford pressures government to make free school meal vouchers U-turn
Rashford tells MP to ‘put rivalries aside’ over free school meals
Government rejects Rashford’s calls not to end free school meal system Writing in The Times, Rashford said: “People often ask me how it felt to score the deciding penalty against Paris Saint-Germain to knock them out of the Champions League last season, my answer is always the same: did we go on to win the tournament?
“I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over the last 24 hours, from MPs and members of the public, but the feeling I have is exactly the same as when we got knocked out of the Champions League against Barcelona in the next round: what did we achieve if we didn’t get the result we needed? If we didn’t lift the Champions League trophy?
“Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. A U-turn on the decision to stop the free food voucher scheme continuing over the summer holidays could help us reach the next round but we still have a very long way to go as a country to eventually lift the trophy. In this case, the trophy is combating child poverty.”
With 1.3m children dependent on free school meal vouchers in the UK, the summer months will leave families going hungry unless something is done to help feed them. Rashford adds that a quarter of those are yet to receive any help at all since lockdown began, which he labelled a “forgotten generation” and for which he laid the blame firmly at the feet of the current government.
“When you next wake up and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown,” Rashford added. “When you turn on the kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee, think of those parents who have had to default on electricity bill payments just to make ends meet, having lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“And when you head to the fridge to grab the milk, stop and recognise that parents of at least 200,000 children across the country are waking up to empty shelves and the innocent question ‘why?’. Today nine out of 30 children in any given classroom are asking why. Why does their future not matter?
“This is the devastating reality of child poverty in England in 2020. This is a pandemic that will last generations if we don’t change our thinking now.”
At the age of 62 many people are on retirement focusing on raising their grandchildren and travelling the world. But this is different with a 62 years old Maureen Ngoma who recently went back to school. She dropped out of school at the age of 17 when she got married and now she decided to go back.
Maureen is a married woman, a mother of nine children and grandchildren. Being old does not discourage the grandmother to pursue her high school education. She mentions that after she has completed her studies she wants to follow politics because she has the desire to help the needy and the community at large. The 62 years old Zambian mother took a bold step 45 years later.
Source:Maureen is a true inspiration to young people that uy doesn’t matter the age ,you can do everything you want with hardwork and determination.
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Another scandal rocks the minister of basic education in South Africa who has been on the news lately for the wrong reasons, as Mzansi is in total shock when they realized that she has Ben 10 boyfriend.
People need clarity urgently, to know if it is really true that Angie Motshekga is having an affair with a boy. A thorough investigation, which can lead to the suspension of Angie Motshekga if found guilty, needs to commence.
Things got out of control when this young man named Mthokozisi Magwaza updated his Facebook account and shared a celebration with his followers in which seems to be in relationship with the South African minister of education.
People are shocked to see an old woman such as Angie Motshekga roaming around with a young man. This is totally unacceptable and people know that leaders should lead by example and practice what they preach.
Surely everyone has the right to be in a relationship with whomever they want to. But there are certain limits when it comes to a professional level. Certain professions do not allow people to date in a certain age group.
It is also a norm to people that most celebrities and high profile people have social media accounts. This is helpful to many people, as they get updates and keep up with trends from such people.
The power of social media is real and many people benefit from it. It should be recalled that there are plenty of drawbacks that come along with social media. Some people are subjected to cyber-bullying and a lot has been victimized. This is totally dishonourable.
Some accounts and pages on Facebook are verified, to show that it is the real owner behind that account. This allows people to know that it is not a random person who is using this account. It should always come into consideration that accounts can be hacked. People can take over your account and post funny stuff about it. This is the reason why some people are not convinced about Angie Motshekga accepting this relationship status on Facebook. A lot is questionable here.
It is alleged that his account was hacked. Although people are curious and suggest that he is not telling the truth. This caused a stir on social media.
10 Most Expensive Private Schools In South Africa (2021). When it comes to which school they send the children to, parents consider a number of factors. It can be safety issues, location of the school, the school’s pass rate, the reputation of the school among so many reasons.
Some parents prefer their kids to attend expensive schools. Normally because of less number of students means better attention from teachers. There is also comfortable luxurious seating arrangements as well as the company of equal status classmates, which is supposed to develop high society culture. Some also believe that costlier means better stuff i.e. in terms of education and teaching standard.
If you are all about expensive schools for your children, then check out these top 10 most expensive private schools around South Africa. Just like in 2020, Kearsney College ranks as the most expensive day school in the country. It boasts an annual tuition fee of just under R200,000, up 4.5% from 2020.