'End this scandal': Fergie issues heartfelt plea on Instagram

Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has issued a emotional message on her Instagram page, pleading with fans to help with the crisis of lack of education in the developing world.

The Duchess, who has always been passionate about charitable causes, shared a video clip from the charity of which she is patron, Street Child, which aims to create education opportunities for children in less-developed parts of Africa and Asia.

Alongside the video, Fergie shared an impassioned caption, calling the issue a 'crisis'.

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She wrote, 'Do you think it’s acceptable that there are 121 million school-aged children around the world who aren’t in education? I don’t. Please help us end this scandal #CountMeIn #ukaidmatch #ukgov @dfid_uk #education #streetchild @streetchilduk'.

In the accompanying clip, some of the charity's achievements were also highlighted, revealing that they'd helped "200,000 children" over 10 years and in 10 countries so far.

But, it continued, saying that there are still many more to help.

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Fergie's post was shared to highlight the charity's new fund-raising campaign with the government, which, until 21st February 2019 will see the government match every donation from a member of the public.

Sarah's fans were impressed by her philanthropic efforts, with many commenting to share how brilliant the campaign is.

One wrote, 'I have sent a donation and shall send another. This is a great endeavor.♥️'

While another commented, 'Thank you for your tireless efforts.'

And a third said, 'It’s absolutely not acceptable, every child deserves as bright a future as any other child 🙏🏻💕', as a fourth wrote, 'Bravo @sarahferguson15 - you were always a philanthropist and looking after those less fortunate 👏🏻🙏'.

You can donate to Street Child here.

But the education charity isn't just supported by the Duchess of York. It also has the backing of Fergie's daughters too, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who became global ambassadors last year.

Speaking about her daughter's involvement, Sarah said last year, “I am really delighted that my daughters Eugenie and Beatrice are also getting involved as ambassadors for the charity.

"It’s the next generation coming forward to try to make a difference.”

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