Derek visited Grange High School in Runcorn last week to meet with students and to do a Question & Answer session about the excellent work they had achieved in support of the 'Send my Friend to School' campaign.
The campaign is organised by the Global Campaign for Education. It is a huge global organisation striving to get world leaders to keep the Millennium Goal pledge their countries made in 2000, that everyone should have the chance to get an education by 2015.
It has members in more than 100 countries around the world - Send My Friend to School is one of them. We will all be joining together to highlight the importance of girls' education in 2011.
They want world leaders to pay attention, to make plans and give money to education. They say "we need education to be a top priority because time is running out - there are only four years until the 2015 deadline, but 67 million children are still missing out on school."
That is more than the entire population of the UK, and at the current rate of progress, there will still be about 56 million children out of school in 2015.
"I was very impressed by the amount of work and effort the students have put into the campaign and was pleased to have the opportunity to speak to them and answer their questions. I promised that I would raise the issue in Parliament."