Against Borders for Children: keep schools safe for *all* children

by Against Borders for Children

Against Borders for Children: keep schools safe for *all* children

by Against Borders for Children
Against Borders for Children
Against Borders for Children is a coalition of parents, teachers, and campaigners. We are fighting the government's policy to ‘create a hostile environment’ for migrant children in schools.
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on 22nd November 2017
£12,385
pledged by 547 people
Against Borders for Children
Against Borders for Children is a coalition of parents, teachers, and campaigners. We are fighting the government's policy to ‘create a hostile environment’ for migrant children in schools.

Latest: Dec. 19, 2017

Actually...

We thought it was all over - it isn't yet!

We actually have another day, which feels like a mini miracle.

Thank you all *so much* for getting us to such a great result - so far!

We feel we've ...

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Against Borders for Children is a coalition of parents, teachers, and campaigners.

Our aim is to reverse the Department of Education’s (DfE) policy of collecting country of birth and nationality information on 8 million children in England to help bring border controls into classrooms which was introduced in September 2016.

We've been campaigning since last year to get this policy scrapped. Now, with the support of Liberty, we’re hoping to win this in court – but we need your support to cover legal costs.

Collection of nationality and country of birth data is a toxic policy that has led to highly divisive and discriminatory collection practices such as asking only children assumed to be migrants to bring in passports and birth certificates.. 

The information is not being collected for educational purposes, but as part of a compromise with the Home Office on harsh measures that would have seen the children of undocumented migrants ‘deprioritised’ for school places. Nationality and country of birth information was going to be handed over to the Home Office as part of a broader data-sharing scheme to track down undocumented children and families through school records. Only public outcry has prevented this, and it could still be shared in the future. 

Some parents now fear sending their children to school could lead to deportation.

We believe schools should be safe for *all* children. Help us to fight this racist policy, and keep border controls out of schools!

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Against Borders for Children

Dec. 19, 2017

Actually...

We thought it was all over - it isn't yet!

We actually have another day, which feels like a mini miracle.

Thank you all *so much* for getting us to such a great result - so far!

We feel we've been given one last chance at hitting our £12k goal - there's still time!

Anyone worried they'd missed our deadline, you still have time!  So please do keep spreading the word today - copy the link and send a few more emails, some last tweets, or a final Facebook update: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/againstbordersforchildren

Thank you all again,

The Against Borders for Children Team

Update 2

Against Borders for Children

Dec. 18, 2017

Final countdown...

Evening, wonderful people!

Well, this is it - we're less than 12 hours away from the end of our crowdfunder.

People have been overwhelmingly fantastic - nearly £9k is so great already.  Thank you so much for all the love, support and generosity you have already shown us.

In these last few hours, we're hoping to really push to our final goal of £12k.

Whatever you can give, we appreciate it.

With much love & hope,

The Against Borders for Children Team


Update 1

Against Borders for Children

Dec. 12, 2017

One week left!

Dear, wonderful supporters,

Thank you so much for the support you have given the Against Borders for Children campaign - thanks to the magnificent generosity of each of you, we have now reached £5, 535.  This is huge, and we are grateful for the support you have shown the campaign.

Last week, our lawyers issued our case - that means we've really started the ball rolling.  You can read more on that here: https://schoolsweek.co.uk/campaigners-launch-judicial-review-proceedings-to-stop-collection-of-pupil-nationality-data/

We now have just one week left to get to our final target of £12,000!  So although we have done well so far, there is still a big leap needed to raise the funds that will stand us in better stead in our legal case.

One last time, we urge you to reach out to as many people as you can to make our case a success.

Here's the link to our crowdfunder:

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/againstbordersforchildren/

- You could send it out in an email to colleagues, or friends you're getting in touch with over the next week.

- Share it in a quick tweet or 3 - maybe @ or DM a few people.

- Make it your latest Facebook status, or even post on a few Facebook groups you're on!

Any way you choose to share it, please do.  Your support and sharing makes a huge difference.

With so many thanks,

The Against Borders for Children team

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