Weʼre raising £200 to Supply pens and pencils to needy students in developing nations
- Wokingham, UK
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During a recent visit to India, we saw how the local schoolchildren are desperately short of stationery. Small children with little grasp of English were coming up to us and saying "pens". We helped to a modest extent, but our effort was totally inadequate for the local school as a whole. A donation of just £1 will provide a dozen pens or pencils each of which will last a couple months. We have already started to collect money and almost £100 is already promised or donated, enough to keep the whole school going in pens for a few months. If the goal of £200 is reached, that will be sufficient to supply the same school in rural India for another 6 months. Pens are like a catalyst for the learning process. If the children have proper access to writing tools they will be able to explore their self-expression or carry out complex calculations in ways which would otherwise be extremely challenging. Further details are provided on the Facebook page MagicPens@enigmascience We would also like to hear from headteachers who have particular stationery needs, to expand the programme beyond that of the original school.
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I'm a research scientist by training and put a high store in education. By providing the tools for learning, in this case, pens and pencils, students are freed to concentrate much more on the learning process.