Inspiring A Sense Of Belonging
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer (LFBC), a locally based charity, is partnering with the Cecilie Palmer and Sizoya Foundations in South Africa to provide good quality second-hand school uniforms for children in poor communities. From Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April 2019, LFBC will collect and receive uniforms from participating families and organisations across the region. Uniforms that would normally form part of the 235 million items of clothing a year that goes to landfill sites, will be distributed to families and schools in Soweto, Johannesburg and Rustenburg.
According to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), over 93 million children of primary and secondary school ages in Sub-Saharan Africa, don’t go to school. The cost of school uniforms can be a very large expense for some families and often prevents children from going to school, particularly those who have to walk miles without shoes.
“Children, whose parents cannot afford a uniform are often marginalised”, says Veronica Kumeta, CEO of LFBC. “We believe that every child deserves a dignified education and having a uniform will help give them the confidence to learn”.
The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 states that ‘one of the biggest challenges facing countries around the world is that children are not learning as they should. Many children do not make it to school and attendance is an important element of learning. School uniforms can help children – especially the poorest – to continue attending school’.
It is not only schools, local businesses, organisations and parents that are involved in the project. Pupils are also reaching out to their peers in South Africa by putting together their own packages of uniform and shoes.
“We want to help children get a good education the way we do here”, say Tom and Will Worsfold from Bromsgrove. “We hope that sending them some of our uniforms will help”.