Teachers fear an increasing number of students will turn up without the necessities to learn as families struggle to afford food and school supplies such as backpacks, uniforms and stationery. "Our recent survey has shown the immediate need to provide support for families, so their children can return to school" says Teresa Moore, CEO, Catalytic Foundation.
The survey shows that many families were already struggling, and the recent floods in the Auckland-region have applied further pressure. Children are turning up to school hungry, and others are missing out because their parents aren't able to provide the basics that they need to start the school year.
There are three ways you can help children with the necessities for learning:
"Floods impacted a number of already vulnerable families. Families would appreciate support with educational resources, support with uniforms and school fees" Mangere based community charity request
Information about the Backpack4Education Campaign
Established to provide education resources to help children return to school. Families have been identified by accredited frontline Community Charities and schools, as needing urgent support to equip their children for learning. Families need our support due to a variety of reasons: families have been affected by the January 23' floods, are in financial hardship, survivors of domestic violence or living in transitional homes after being homeless.
The resources we provide children include a Backpack with: lunchbox, drink bottle, school resources (writing books/pens/pencils/pencil case/sharpener/glue), educational book(s). We also endeavor to fill requests for: towels, clothing, shoes, Chromebook or digital learning devices.
Thank you for caring for a child's learning and their future