• Back to school – British kids help others across the globe go to lessons

    UK youngsters have been packing not only their own school bags to go back to classes for the new term, but also putting together equipment packs for kids in less fortunate communities.

    Children in Weston-Super-Mare helped out at a School in a Bag (www.schoolinabag.org) event at the Bucket & Spade pub, helping their counterparts in countries such as Romania, Uganda, Kenya and Cambodia attend lessons.

    The special backpacks contain things like pencils, maths tools, notebooks and a lunchbox, so that kids have all the things they need when they get to class. Simple but hugely effective, they open up education to youngsters who might not otherwise be able to go to school. This is a vital part in giving them a route out of poverty and to a happier, healthier and more prosperous life for them, their family and their community.

    According to UNICEF figures, 20% of the world’s child population will never attend school, so initiatives such as this not only offer practical help, but also symbolise hope for a brighter future.


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