School in a Bag

School in a Bag

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  • Education
  • International development
  • Refugees / migrants

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School in a Bag was originally developed as an initiative by the Piers Simon Appeal, a registered charity set up in memory of Piers who died in the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. After operating within the Piers Simon Appeal for more than 10 years, the work of School In A Bag was transferred to a new standalone charity in 2020 alongside a wholly owned trading subsidiary, School in a Bag Trading Ltd.

According to UNICEF figures, almost one fifth of the world’s child population will never attend school. For those 262 million children around the world, not having access to substantial and effective learning has an impact on all aspects of their life, and their future prospects.

  • In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%
  • Women with a primary school education are 13% more likely to know that condoms can reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, and education can help decrease the spreading of this virus by promoting safer sexual practices
  • Many Girls, especially in developing countries, can’t go to school at all. Only 66 percent of countries have reached gender parity in access to elementary school

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela


School in a Bag provide bright red rucksacks full of essential resources that enable poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children worldwide to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves, eat, drink, wash and above all, learn.

A typical SchoolBag contains: 12 pencils, 10 biro pens, 12 colouring pencils, a maths set, ruler, pencil case, 6 exercise books (line/square/plain), a water bottle, a LunchBox and Spork and a hygiene pack comprising toothbrush, toothpaste, flannel, soap and washable facemask.

Our first SchoolBags were distributed in Swaziland in 2009 with Shelterbox. Since then, over 142,000 bags have been delivered in 52 countries including refugee SchoolBags provided for displaced children and young people relocated to the UK.

Each SchoolBag has a unique identifier number which enables complete transparency for the donor. When a SchoolBag is funded, the donor is given a unique number which is placed in a special slot on the bag, and they can then track its journey to the final recipient via our website.

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