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Al-Mizan provide Back to School Backpacks

Across the UK, more and more teachers are seeing children turn up to school without proper uniform or stationery. In September, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will distribute Back to School Backpacks to children living in poverty across the UK.

Education is often seen as the key to breaking out of the vicious cycle of poverty, but when children are turning up to school in ill-fitting uniform, without pens or pencils, and hungry, because their family cannot afford clothing, stationery, or food, it is difficult to see how they are supposed to learn.

A survey by the National Education Union and Child Poverty Action Group found that:

  • 60% of teachers think that the extent of poverty in their schools and its effect on pupils has got worse over the last three years;
  • over half have personally provided children with school equipment, such as books and stationery;
  • 89% have seen pupils without the correct or suitably fitting school uniform; and
  • over a third have given food to hungry pupils.

For most children living in poverty, the school lunch can be the only nutritious meal they have all day, so during the summer holidays, parents have to spend more on food, which means there is less money to buy uniform or stationery when the school year starts.

Each Backpack is worth £50 and contains £20 of clothing vouchers; folder; A4 notepad; A5 notebook; pencil case; pens; pencils; USB stick; scientific calculator; maths set; ruler; water bottle; drawstring bag for sports; and £5 book voucher.

To sponsor a Back to School Backpack for £50, visit Al-Mizan's fundraising page.

Source: Al-Mizan Charitable Trust