We’ve all had a bit of a rough ride over the past year, but how has the pandemic affected rural education?
At Tropic, we believe education is a human right. Everyone should be offered the opportunity to learn how to read, write and count. Yet today over 60 million children don’t have access to a primary school education.
Since September 2019, every single Tropic purchase has helped fund education for those in some of the poorest, most remote areas in the world with United World Schools (UWS). The UN reports that education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key driver for escaping poverty. We’re so pleased to say that since announcing our partnership over a year and a half ago, Tropic has donated enough money to educate over 19,000 children at over 150 schools for an entire year
However, as a new Covid-19 variant sweeps fast across Asia, UWS now needs help providing a lifeline to remote communities by supporting health services, providing food, vital items and keeping education alive with remote learning while schools are closed.
In Nepal, ten per cent of daily Covid-19 cases are found in children. UWS is responding swiftly, working with local government and health partners to turn its schools into isolation centres, fund healthcare equipment, train teachers to support health awareness and services, provide lifecare bags for children and put remote learning into place.
In Nepal, 40 per cent of girls are married before they turn 18, this figure is likely to be much higher in the rural communities where UWS work. Even more girls are now at risk of dropping out of school to be married far too young.
UWS have secured UK Aid Match. This means for every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal by an individual living in the UK, the UK government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, up to £2 million, to help these projects go further in changing and saving lives.
If you’d like to donate directly, you can do so here.
This means your donation will be matched and doubled by the UK government. A donation of just £1.80 would educate a child for an entire week learning from home, doubling to £3.60 by the UK government, meaning your donation will help two children for an entire week learning from home!
By providing critical support at this time, we can help keep children in education in the long term, stop children being exploited for child labour and prevent girls from being forced into early marriage.
Together more than ever, we can continue to teach the unreached.