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Red Hand Day

Red Hand Day

Last week staff and girls at Kilgraston School took part in Red Hand Day.

Red Hand Day is an annual commemoration day on which pleas are made to political leaders, and events are staged around the world, to draw attention to the fate of child soldiers, children who are forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts. The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action against this practice, and support for children who are affected by it.

Over break and lunch, pupils and staff gathered outside the Theatre to print their hands on individual sheets of paper to support the campaign.

Sue Harrison, School Secretary, will take the 200 hand prints and a video made by Upper 4th pupils, to the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to present to Mr Michael Moller, the Director General at a meeting on Friday, 12th February, International Red Hand Day. Whilst in Geneva Mrs Harrison will join pupils from two schools in Switzerland who have been given permission from the Director General to take handprints from staff and visitors to the United Nations HQ. This is a rare and prestigious opportunity.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this campaign to raise awareness of the plight of some 300,000 child soldiers worldwide.

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