Donate School Supplies To Help All Kids Learn for a Better Future
Backpacks, notebooks, No. 2 pencils, binders, calculators, new sneakers. Right now, kids across the U.S. are eagerly crossing those items off their back-to-school shopping lists. But in many parts of the world, families can't afford backpacks — or the things that go in them. In some countries, students even have to learn sitting on the ground because their schools can't provide desks or chairs.
Today, far too many children grow up in places where getting an education is hard. In fact, for 264 million children and adolescents living amid poverty, conflict, climate shock or displacement, it's almost impossible.
That's not fair.
All children have a right to learn, no matter where they live or how much money their parents make. And, together, you and UNICEF can protect that right by seeing that every student has what it takes to succeed in school. Children from Syria, Yemen and Bangladesh need notebooks, pencils and backpacks just as much as U.S. kids do. And, let's not forget about sports equipment, because physical activity is just as crucial to learning as what happens inside the classroom!
UNICEF makes leveling the playing field easy. All you have to do is go to UNICEF Inspired Gifts and select the school supplies you wish to donate. UNICEF will deliver them where they can make a world of difference to a child and maybe even a whole classroom or school.
Children can't flourish without education, especially in areas torn apart by conflict, where children need help learning to read and forming the connections that make for peaceful environments. These boys are taking a timeout from their soccer game at a UNICEF-supported Child-Friendly Space In Burkina Faso, where fighting between armed groups has destroyed or shuttered over 2,000 schools, denying some 330,000 children an education. To help kids stay on track, UNICEF is setting up temporary classrooms, stocked with learning materials and recreational equipment, to help kids cope with the profound stress of living amid violence. © UNICEF/UN0237255/Figula
With their backpacks packed, these kids are heading home after an enriching day at a UNICEF-supported learning center in Djibouti’s second-largest city, Ali Sabieh. In Djibouti, education is often out of reach for refugee and migrant children as well as for those who live in nomadic and rural communities or have special needs. To make sure all of Djibouti's kids get their fair chance to learn, UNICEF supports learning centers across the country, where children and young adolescents can build the skills they need to make their way in the world. © UNICEF/UN0199409/Noorani
With her very own notebook and pencils — plus the skills she learned at her UNICEF-supported preschool — Fafi, 7, is ready for primary school! Fafi lives in Ethiopia, where an alarming number of first-graders drop out because they can't do the work. But thanks to play-based activities, like art class and reading games, kids like her are developing the early literacy and communications skills they need to succeed in first grade and beyond. © UNICEF/UN0309462/Tadesse
Sophia (above left), 11, went to school with just one exercise book and one pen in the early days after the 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami destroyed her home and school in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia last September. The disaster cost Sophia her school bag full of books, her laptop with all her homework and notes — and her computer games and favorite Disney movies, Frozen and Moana. When disaster strikes, getting children back to school is critical to helping them cope. Thankfully, Sophia didn't have long to wait. Her school was one of the first to get back up and running, thanks to a UNICEF delivery of 450 school tents, school supplies and 300 School-in-a-Box kits. © UNICEF/UN0251799/Wilander
Eleven-year-old Andres wants to be a scientist and astronaut when he grows up. But he lives in Venezuela, where the economic crisis has derailed the lives, safety and security of 3.2 million children. Art therapy at a child protection center outside Caracas is helping Andres (here, having fun with UNICEF's Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, Maria Cristina Perceval) and thousands of other kids cope with the stress of an uncertain future. © UNICEF/UN0330462/Párraga
Top photo: Maasai students who attend a UNICEF-supported primary school in Kenya's Kajiado County are learning their ABCs and getting psychological support and age-appropriate training in how to keep themselves safe. © UNICEF/UN0323275/Frank Dejongh