Give a desk to a school in Africa

By staff writers
April 21, 2008

The education of African children is key to future economic growth and lasting democracy, leading to greater stability and improved standards of living. Currently however education in Africa, however, is plagued by a lack of funds, teachers, textbooks, and equipment.

Currently, 45 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t get the chance to go to school. Primary school enrolments and literacy rates in Africa are among the lowest in the world. Many children cannot afford to go to or stay in primary school.

Buying charity gifts has recently become a fun, quick and easy way of helping people living in poverty. A number of aid agencies offer the chance to buy vital equipment for struggling schools.

For example, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Oxfam’s charity gift schemes all provide school desk gifts:

UNICEF Buying the charity gift of a desk from UNICEF will support their work in Rwanda. For just £25 you can enable a child to escape from poverty by helping provide them with an education. Find out more here

Save the Children are working, for example, in Sudan to rebuild and repair schools. Since conflict has begun to recede in that country, the way is now open for many children to receive an education – however late they were in starting. For just £14 pounds, your charity gift will provide a desk for child living in poverty. Find out more here

Oxfam’s charity gift scheme Unwrapped, have a charity gift that combines a school desk and chair. They are firm in their belief that proper facilities can help make learning fun, encouraging children to stay in school.

For just £30 your charity gift will help provide the facilities that make learning possible for impoverished children. As Varney Holme, working in a school in Monrovia, Liberia says: “Before, there were two students to a chair and five sharing one bench. So concentration was short. Now they have double desks and are more comfortably seated.” Find out more here

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