Give school equipment

By staff writers
April 21, 2008

The importance of education for poor countries cannot be underestimated. Development and relief agencies are all united about this, and are devoted to improving access to quality education for the world’s poorest people.

The main agencies all have educational charity gifts, which you can give on someone else's behalf for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift, that make it quick and easy to support their vital work.

Education is often non-existent in whole regions of poor countries. Most children start their education late, and other problems, such as food scarcity, can force parents to take their children out of school to save money. Education is impossible for many children because their families can’t afford to buy them uniform, shoes or books.

Many children have to walk miles to a school building that is often poorly equipped. Schools often don’t have enough books for all the children willing to learn, meaning that where education is available it is often of a low standard.

You can help by giving a virtual charity gift through a number of different agencies:

• UNICEF charity gift, Schools for Africa, comes in many different forms. Buying this charity gift will support the building, repairing and equipping of schools. There are so few schools in parts of Africa that nearly 45 million children do not attend.

Buying this charity gift will also help to supply children with exercise books, pens and desks. It will also help train teachers in countries such as Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.Find out more here

• Christian Aid’s charity gift scheme, Present Aid, have made it possible to buy a charity educational gift pack. This charity gift combines a selection of important educational products, making a big difference to people living in poverty.

Give this charity gift pack of school uniform, school shoes and a teacher’s salary and you will receive three gift cards and a free Christian Aid pin badge to give to a friend or family member. Find out more here

• Save the Children work all over the world, including the UK. Their charity gift scheme helps children who go to schools that expect parents to buy children’s textbooks. This charity gift will provide all the basic equipment a child needs to learn effectively, such as paper, pens and books. Find out more here

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