The first ever Share a Pencil Day takes place today, 17th May 2017 when 25,000 pupils in a range of schools up and down the country are being asked to share a pencil for a single lesson, an afternoon or the whole day to experience what learning is really like for many children across the globe.
The event is giving pupils the opportunity to learn about the issues faced by many children around the world trying to access an education while living in zones affected by conflict, natural disasters or extreme poverty, and who lack the basic tools and teachers they need to learn.
Evan Lewis the founder of Hope, the organisation behind Share a Pencil Day, said: “Education is the single most important thing a child can have to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and lead a better life. However, around 124 million children in the world are missing out on an education*, and many more have to share even the most basic tools for learning, like pencils.
“Share a Pencil Day is a fun, interactive way for schools and children in the UK to get involved. Not only does this make children aware of the difficulties faced by others, but teachers also have to work around the constraints this creates.”
Share A Pencil Day is primarily to raise awareness of the educational issues that many children face globally. Schools and teachers can download lesson plans, films and posters to support learning on the day. Proceeds from the special Share a Pencil Day pencils go towards Hope’s Bright Futures mission in partnership with Plan International UK, supporting the charity’s education projects worldwide. Projects supported could include transforming the lives of girls in Kamuli, Uganda; helping children in Pakistan get an education, and the training of 275 female teachers in Sierra Leone.
Share A Pencil Day is most suited to children in years 5 to 10 but anyone can take part. Once teachers have registered their interest via https://www.hope.co.uk/share-a-pencil-day-sign-up-form they can access a host of resources to help them plan their Share a Pencil Day including lesson plans, short films and posters.