Schools encouraged to get pupils sharing pencils for a day

Schools are being encouraged to get their pupils to share their pencils to raise awareness of the struggles faced by children in poverty accessing education.

The annual Share a Pencil Day, which will take place on May 23, aims to help students understand the difficulties of learning with limited resources, by asking them to share one pencil between two for a whole day.

Participating schools will have access to free lesson plans, videos and posters aimed at pupils in years 5 to 10, exploring what life is like for youngsters in poverty-stricken areas around the world, including those living in conflict zones.

Last year over 25,000 UK school children took part in the event, and Hope, the organisation behind it, hopes to engage 100,000 this time around.

“By helping children understand that access to an education is not a given for all, we will hopefully give them a desire to see change. Many children who took part last year were simply unaware that some children didn’t even have a pencil,” said Evan Lewis, Hope’s founder. To find out more, click here.