The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has reached its goal of collecting one million signatures for its global advocacy campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In School”.
The news was shared by Seventh-day Adventist world Church president Pastor Ted Wilson, ADRA board vice-chair Dr Ella Simmons and ADRA International president Michael Kruger in a special video announcement released through church communication channels yesterday afternoon (5am July 31 AEDT).
Pastor Wilson thanked everyone who has supported the campaign, which aims to ensure that every child around the world has access to free, quality education.
“It’s indeed a blessing to see our global church family and ADRA standing up together in support of millions of children who don’t have access to education around the world,” Pastor Wilson said.
Grassroots efforts for the campaign began in October 2019 with the Adventist Church and ADRA urging support for the nearly 300 million children, adolescents and youth who are out of school, according to a UNESCO report.
ADRA and Adventist church members in nearly 200 countries, including South Pacific nations, pledged their support for the issue, and the momentum to get online signatures spread.
ADRA South Pacific regional director Greg Young said it is exciting that the one-million signatures goal has been reached, with children’s education being of critical importance.
“It is well known that the best way to develop people and reduce poverty is through a good education,” Mr Young said.
“In my many years with ADRA both here and overseas I have seen first-hand what a difference it makes in the lives of young people. All they need is a hand up and a vision of what they can achieve through a good education in order to create a positive and bright future for themselves.”