Friday, May 4, 2018

Visiting Hampstead School - #EmergencyLessons (2016)

May 4, 2016: 

Tom Hiddleston visited the Hampstead School in London, along with British politician Justine Greening. At the time, Justine Greening was the Secretary of State for International Development and went on to become the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities. The purpose of this visit was to raise awareness for children affected by humanitarian crises, including war and natural disasters, ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit

Unicef UK Ambassador Tom Hiddleston said: “Children are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before. I have seen for myself in South Sudan that children are the hardest hit in emergencies. Children have been killed, orphaned, forced to become soldiers, kidnapped, and traumatised.
“Nearly a quarter of the world’s school-aged children now live in countries affected by crisis. Every single one of these children should be at school and learning. Education is a vital source of safety and hope for children, allowing them to learn, play and escape the horrors of war and disasters.
“At the very first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in less than three weeks’ time, a ground-breaking new fund will be launched to get vital education to every child in need. We must make sure that education in emergencies is prioritised, otherwise a generation of children living in conflict and natural disasters will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families. We must invest in their futures now.”

Also on this day, Unicef UK released a video of Tom Hiddleston reflecting on his time spent working with children in danger. Tom specifically talks about his time in Guinea. "I feel very strongly that we are all responsible for the state of our world. Every child deserves a fair start in life..."

Emergency Lessons: 

Tom's support of children affected by crises continued with the #EmergencyLessons campaign. This campaign was to highlight the importance of education for children in emergencies. Tom recorded a total of five videos for the campaign, each with a different theme relating to school and education. 

May 16, 2016:  Inspired by Yaroslav and Nastya, Tom Hiddleston shared his school photo from age 4,  "School is so much more than a building, as you know, it's where you meet your friends, it's teachers, it's protection, it's stability, and it's hope. It's where you find out who you are and who you want to be... school is as vital as food and medicine."

June 14, 2016: Inspired by Malak and Rapu, Tom talks about his best friend from school, Joey.

July 14, 2016: Inspired by M'mah and Adamah, Tom donned his Loki wig to show off his favorite school activity: acting. 

September 7, 2016: Inspired by Ali and Gaith, Tom shares his journey to school.

December 6, 2016: Inspired by Amosh and Anjali, Tom shares what school means to him in emoji form. 


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