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Cherie Blair opens East London education centre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:01 05 October 2010

Cherie Blair meets students

Cherie Blair meets students

CHERIE Blair officially opened a £10 million new centre of education at the University of East London today. The human rights lawyer and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair met staff and students at the Stratford campus including the university s C

CHERIE Blair officially opened a £10 million new centre of education at the University of East London today.

The human rights lawyer and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair met staff and students at the Stratford campus including the university's Chair of Governors, Mark Stephens and Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Price.

Mrs Blair said: "I believe the Sir John Cass School of Education will be a catalyst for major change in the education landscape across London. Education transformed my life, without my education I would not have become a barrister or met Tony, which means I would not be standing before you today. Teachers do make a difference so it's fantastic to be ere where you are training the teachers of tomorrow.

"UEL has deep roots with the community and it's great to see so many people from different backgrounds here - it's important to inspire everyone. Let me congratulate you for being a beacon in your communities."

The centre which has built up a reputation for teacher training received a major grant from educational charity the Sir John Cass's Foundation and many of its alumni go on to work in schools in London.

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