Petition to UK Government, Department of Education
Make it compulsory for all schools & early years to teach basic signing
My little brother Christian took his first breath 24 minutes after he was born. He has brain damage, cerebral palsy, visual impairment and other disabilities. We were told Christian would never be able to communicate. But I didn’t want to give up - so although he couldn’t talk I started teaching him sign language. And it worked! Learning sign language has opened up a whole new word for Christian. But unfortunately, most other children don’t know sign language, which creates a huge barrier for communication.This means children who use sign language can feel really isolated - and that’s why I’m calling for all children to be taught sign language in school. This can be simply done through a sign of the day/week shown in assembly or registration, and doesn’t need to take up precious time/money. My brother is my inspiration, he has severe disabilities and uses sign to support his speech and communication. Nobody should be socially isolated due to communication barriers! Through setting up my social media platform ‘Sign Along With Us’ I have discovered what a huge issue this is here in the UK and just how many people are affected. Hundreds of thousands of children here in the UK use sign language or signing systems to aid communication. When you add into the equation their family and friends, these numbers run into millions.I strongly believe that if all primary schools and early years settings promote a sign of the day/week children will learn the basic word signs. This doesn’t have to cost, it can be done in person or using videos. It won’t take time as it can only take less than a minute each time in assembly/registration. I know schools can choose to teach sign but it should be compulsory. How can inclusion ever be down to choice!If all children were taught sign language at school, it would make the world a less lonely place for people like my brother. Please sign my petition if you agree!
Petition to Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell, Dan Crenshaw, Ted Cruz, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Making ASL offered and count towards a Foreign Language credit in all High Schools
The problem at hand is simple: the hearing impaired community is largely oppressed due to the lack of education on ASL. As Americans, we forget to include the disabled, especially those who do not 'look disabled'. Approximately 2-3 out of every 1,000 children are born with some type of hearing loss in one or both ears, 15% of adults (18+) report some type of hearing trouble, 1 in 8 individuals aged 12 and up in the United States has reported some type of hearing loss, with these startling statistics it is astonishing to me that we do not have American Sign Language taught or even offered in most of our United States Schools. The solution to this insensitive issue, its simply to add ASL to the public school curriculum. Having it count towards a foreign language credit in high school and middle schools across the nation can do tremendous changes to the lives of so many Americans. Encouraging schools to teach this at a young age, like Kindergarten would be a great step up as well. Since ASL is the 3rd most used language in the US, it would benefit all of America. It exercises the brain, helps with hand-eye-coordination, and helps so many people feel accepted within society. If we want to make a positive change to this nation, this would be one of our top priorities to show respect, compassion, and acceptance to those different from us struggling with things many cannot imagine. It is the least we can do to help out and become a better addition to society.
Petition to Minister Charlie Flanagan
UCC Students’ Union urge the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, to revoke the deportation order for 1st year UCC student, Hamza Khan. Hamza is a 20 year old Sanctuary Scholar studying computer science in his first year in UCC. Hamza applied for the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship and, after being ranked among the top applicants, he joined UCC in 2019 as one of UCC’s second cohort of undergraduate Sanctuary Scholars. Hamza is part of our community here in UCC and has done nothing but excel since his family arrived to Ireland in 2017. Not only did Hamza achieve a strong Leaving Cert, he also won the Most Improved Student award in 2018 and the Student of the Year award in 2019, both from his previous school Deerpark CBS Cork City. Hamza, his sister, three younger brothers and parents have been advised that they will not be allowed to apply for international protection in Ireland, and are facing possible removal from the country this week. Hamza's three younger brothers are current students at Deerpark CBS. Students and staff fought and worked incredibly hard for UCC to be designated a University of Sanctuary. We fought hard so refugees and asylum seekers alike could access higher education and improve their lives and education. This deportation order undermines the hard work of students, staff and most importantly, our sanctuary scholars who have done, and continue to do, outstanding work to be part of our community here in UCC. The removal of Hamza and his family from the state would put an end to their meaningful access to higher education. UCC Students' Union call on the Minister for Justice and Equality to stop this deportation order and to support Hamza and his family in applying for internation protection in Ireland. Please sign this petition to save Hamza and his family. #SaveHamza
Petition to Fianna Fail, Fine Geal, Labour Party, green party, People Before Profit, Sinn Fein, Social Democrats
Respect and Value Early Years Educators !
Increase wages, funding & meaningful negotiation
High quality ECEC services enhance children’s holistic development, including educational outcomes, support families, promote social inclusion, reduce child poverty and enhance future employability. Affordable services facilitate workforce participation for parents; particularly for women. Despite these benefits and significant increases in investment, Ireland spends just 0.2% of GDP on ECEC. This is far below the European average of 0.8% and the UNICEF recommended benchmark of 1%. This funding gap has resulted in high fees for parents, extremely low pay for staff and a lack of financial sustainability for service providers. This directly undermines the government’s policy objectives and the benefits of high quality, affordable ECEC services. Due to insufficient levels of government funding, ECEC services in Ireland have the highest fees in Europe, while being the lowest paid sector of the economy. Early Years Educators earn on average just €11.46 per hour, 84c below the Living Wage. Too many services cannot recruit and retain qualified and dedicated staff. Only 9% intend to work in the profession in five years’ time if “things stay the same”. Unsurprisingly this has resulted in an average staff turnover of 23% per year; diminishing the quality of experience for children and the sustainability of services. The current ECEC funding model does not work. Providers are put in an almost impossible position whereby the two goals of affordability and maintaining high quality standards are placed in opposition to each other. Only the development of a new funding model will facilitate the substantial investment needed to reduce fees, increase pay and ensure the sustainability and quality of services that are delivered in the best interest of children. The Early Years Alliance is calling on the next Government to: Double funding to ECEC services on an incremental basis over the lifetime of the next government, starting in September 2020, bringing Ireland closer to the EU average Provide funding and a mechanism for poorly paid Early Years Educators to receive at least the Living Wage in 2020, as a first step towards professional pay scales and recognition Introduce a new funding model that supports affordability for parents, high quality experiences for children and professional pay and conditions for educators, as committed to in First 5, the whole of Government strategy for babies, young children and their families, currently being developed by a Government appointed international expert group. Establish a streamlined inspection process with a graded compliance system Support effective policy development through engaging with the ECEC sector through respectful negotiation and a co-design approach NOTE: The Early Years Alliance is an umbrella group consisting of Association of Childhood Professionals, the Federation of Early Childhood Providers, National Childhood Network, the National Community Childcare Forum, Seas Suas and SIPTU  Quality standards have been developed by the Dept. of Education and Skills and the Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs Eurydice Report (2019) POBAL Early years Sector Profile 2018 / 2019 (2019) SIPTU Early Years Professionals Survey 2019 (2019) First 5 commits to doubling state spending on Early Learning and Care within 10 years As part of First 5 an international expert group has been established to develop a new funding model https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/d5dfdb-minister-zappone-announces-expert-group-to-develop-a-new-funding-mod/
Petition to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Hon. Minister Bandula Gunawardana
Dr Prabath Weerasinghe As NSBM Chairman
As the Student Representatives and Students from NSBM Green University, We are pleased to hear that Dr. Prabath Weerasinghe has been appointed as the Chairman of NSBM Green University Town. As former and current Student Representatives / Students we strongly pledge our support to his Appointment. We kindly request to disregard any false allegations made by the Former NSBM Management which lead to the Resignation of Dr. Prabath Weerasighe who was the Head of Computing. It was a huge loss for the Student community as well as the Academic status of the Computing Faculty. We are Requesting to Confirm the Appointment of Dr. Prabath Weerasinghe as the Chairman of NSBM Green University Town
Petition to Boris Johnson, Gavin Williamson
Invest in specialist schools for Mental Health
We have schools for a child with severe special educational needs or children with disabilities or offer units within mainstream schools. Why is it we fail to do the same for a child with mental health? The education system needs to be reformed to include specialist units within mainstream schools or develop schools which are specialists in mental similar to what we have for severe special educational needs to students suffering from mental health were staff are trained in mental health and are best suited to deal with the challenges mental health has to offer. Education establishments do not always have the provisions to deal with students suffering from mental health, so students are asked to leave their school or college/university degree due to the challenges with mental health. Once they hit college or university, they find it more difficult to access the support they need to help them achieve and fulfill their dreams and real potential. University can be the worst for students as they do not have the correct mental health support in place. Deadline Extensions do not always include mental health reasons, and may not be able to use the same reason more than once to claim an extension for repeat reasons. The education system needs to make the relevant changes to help these children succeed as students.
Petition to Camden Council, Tulip Siddiq, Angela Mason
Save Kilburn Grange Nursery
My children and I have recently moved to this area after a very turbulent few years and have been supported and welcomed by the local children's centre at Kilburn Grange. My family have been through so much and have been so lucky to have recieved the support from the Kilburn Grange children centres family support worker and have the opportunity to use the drop in play sessions for my daughter Reva. Reva is almost 2 years old and will shortly be begining her early years education at nursery. I have been looking forward to Reva hopefully attending Kilburn Grange nursery for some continuity. However as part of the council's latest proposals for early education in Camden, it is suggested that 4 of the best nurseries in Camden will be closed, this would include Kilburn Grange Nursery. This would be terrible for my family because Kilburn Grange Nursery is the best one in the vicinity with an "Outstanding" Ofsted report. I would be forced to look for a lower rated nursery with substandard care for my daughter and that would be if there was any availability at all. As parents we deserve choice when it comes to who looks after our children. This is devastating news for the parents, staff, and community. First and foremost it is devastating for the children who thrive and have been thriving at the nurseries. The proposals aim to close the nurseries and repurpose the buildings as facilities which offer no childcare for children under 5. Kilburn Grange already offers amazing services which me and my daughter have been accessing. The proposals make no sense because the suggested repurposing would be a downgrade of facility, offering no childcare for children under 5. The council's aim is to save £600,000 by cutting funding to children's services. This is at the expense of local children and families and it is wrong. THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL! Please sign this petition to keep the nursery open and allow the children already attending to continue thriving and give an opportunity for new children, like my daughter Reva, to start!
Petition to Everyone
Save CCYD Six Form
It has recently been announced that they are thinking about closing CCYD's Sixth Form. This will result in those who attend the school having to find a new school to go to for sixth form. This will have a drastic impact on the number of those who atted Sixth Form. The emotional effect it can also have on the students can have a long lasting and detrimental effect. At this time the students are receiving support by teachers who know and understand them. The trust has been built up over the years, this enables both students and teachers to have a unique bond. Please support us in preventing this from happening. Our sixth form is imperative for our future.