In many school communities across the country, parents are unable to afford basic necessities such as school shoes, sanitary pads, toiletries and uniforms for their children. The challenges faced by parents have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape floods. Many learners in these communities walk long distances to school barefoot; this is while girl learners miss school due to not having sanitary pads. Research from the University of Stellenbosch revealed that in South Africa, 3,7 million girls miss seven weeks of school learning time per year due to a lack of sanitary pads. The study further shows that lack of access to sanitary pads can set girls behind their male peers in classes and therefore deprive them of equal opportunities.
Adopt-a-School Foundation is championing a dignity care pack campaign to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The dignity care packs consist of school shoes, sanitary pads and toiletries. The Foundation is thrilled to have solicited Bathu, South Africa's leading sneaker brand, as a shoe partner for this campaign.
To ease the walk to school for many learners and help reduce girl child school absenteeism, the Foundation calls upon individuals and corporates to partner with the Foundation and donate towards the dignity care packs.
Help us celebrate and donate any amount to help learners in adopted marginalised schools.