Extracurricular Empowerment

school dinner

school dinner

Why bother, it won’t make a difference, they will take no notice?

How often do we hear that response as an excuse for doing nothing?

And yet, it is only through people taking a stand that has ever made a difference.

Martha Payne was only nine when she started her blog NeverSeconds on school diners. She wanted to write, her father Dave suggested she write a blog and why not write about her school dinners, as that is what she knew about.

When she posted her first blog post of what had been served at school, people were shocked at the disgusting meals that were being served at her school. Could you survive all day on this, Martha asked.

The first pic is from last week and the second from today. The pizza in the first pic was alright but I’d have enjoyed more than 1 croquet. I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon and I cant do it on 1 croquette. Do any of you think you could?

Her writing was thoughtful and insightful, she developed her own rating system, questioned how the food was produced and sourced, even took her own pictures.

Some doubters questioned that this could be the work of a nine-year-old Scottish schoolgirl.

The food was made to look even worse when she showed what was available worldwide, as her blog acquired an international readership.

The education authorities who should have showcased, how good was the education in Scotland, were not best pleased, how dare this girl question what we do?

She was bullied, her parents were bad-mouthed. But Martha stood firm. She questioned, they teach me how to think, then question when I do.

To date, those worthless jobsworths in the local council who bullied Martha are still in their jobs, neither she nor her family have received an apology.

Now ten years old, Martha is still active. She recently attended a food conference in Denmark, attended by seasoned campaigners like Vandana Shiva.

Malala is another who has been prepared to stand up and be counted. She demanded the rights of girls to an education. She paid the ultimate price, the Taliban put a bullet in her head and left her for dead. A miracle she survived. Last week she opened a library in Birmingham.

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