I am just one girl writing this, but I am one girl representing thousands, who urgently want to see the end of sexual harassment in schools.
Hawa is going back to school this week. Her uniform is clean and her hair neatly braided. The excitement of the new term is felt far and wide as laughter, giggles and singing fills the school campus, when classes break for recess. "I'm so happy to be back in school and to see my friends," she says with a big grin.
Theresa May wants to return to an outdated system where children are placed in segregated schools depending on their exam results. And the devil take the rest. She tries to hide her divisive approach by cloaking it in warm words, but however she dresses it up, this is still selection. Still winners and many more losers. Still a minority of schools classed as 'good' and the vast majority publicly branded as 'bad'.
According to one recent poll, nearly half the state school teachers in England are planning to leave the profession within the next five years. That's what Mrs May should be worrying about - not turning the clock back to an inglorious past when 75% of children were branded 'failures' at the age of 11.
Education needs not to have political experimentation through the initiatives like free schools, academies and grammar schools because of a perceived need to protect the social, political and class fabric of our society.
The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...
This week kids up and down the country have been marching back to school. Certain schools across the country could not be more different though.
Yes, top me up good, because shit is about to get real. When I've previously looked into the dizzying concept of schools, from behind a cushion with a soothing whale song app primed and ready for deployment, I've got myself in a pisser of a muddle
The real point for me, though, is that we've got to not only encourage these subjects at school, we need to inspire people about them, to get out there to show how exciting and rewarding these jobs are, and that they are absolutely achievable for pupils who see and do things differently.
According to Ofsted, between 2014 and 2105 over 10% of the qualified teachers left the profession and, according to the Guardian, the numbers of applicants continues to fall. At the same time over 120,000 additional pupils need teaching and the difficulty in finding teachers is further exacerbated in shortage areas such as Science and Technology or languages.
That in fact Maths and English is not everyone's cup of tea, and making it compulsory is very stressful. We don't make it compulsory to take music exams over and over nor do we make it essential to be good at sport or business.
To me sports breaks down social barriers because it strips everything to the basic level. It leaves little to interpretation. You are measured by your ability, not skin colour and that authenticity is both refreshing in an increasingly wishy-washy world, and motivating for those who want it enough.
For the first time he will have a whole life away from me. New friends and new experiences that I won't be able to directly share with him. Of course it will be good for him. I know that, but my Mummy heart wants to scoop him up and hold him close. I want to be the one that knows his every mood or whimsical thought. Each night I spend a little longer with him, as time marches on into September.
Getting your GCSE results can feel like a life changing moment. I remember just how nervous I felt when I collected my equivalent results around thirty five years ago. It can be a time of jubilation or disappointment, as not everyone gets the grades they'd hoped for.
It is not okay to normalise that school work will make you cry and interfere with your family life, social life and love life. Nor to sanitise the well-documented crisis we have with workload related-mental health issues by saying that every teacher is under that pressure.
We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?