Schools, workplaces and trivia buffs across Australia are being invited to take part in a national fundraiser called ChildFund’s Big Ask to support children’s education in some of the world’s poorest communities.
From 27 April to 3 May 2015, ChildFund Australia is calling on all Australians to get together with friends, family and colleagues to host a trivia event and help raise funds for critical programs that will help more children access school and receive a quality education. Events can be held at school, home, the office or a local venue. You just need to register your event at childfundsbigask.org.au to participate.
Nigel Spence, chief executive of ChildFund Australia, said putting on a trivia event for ChildFund’s Big Ask is a great excuse to have fun for a good cause, and is a particularly great way to get kids involved in supporting their peers in developing countries.
“All money raised from ChildFund’s Big Ask will help fund education programs for children in our region and beyond. We know that education is one of the best ways to lift children out of poverty and enable them to reach their full potential,” said Mr Spence.
“Significant progress has been made in improving education for children around the world, with millions more children in school today than 15 years ago. But we must redouble our efforts to open up more opportunities for the 121 million children still out of school.”
Donations large and small can make a significant difference. For example, just $7 can give a child in Vietnam a study set that includes all they need to go to school, while larger donations can help fund the construction of a new school. In the past year alone, Australians helped provide 12,175 children in rural Vietnam with new uniforms or educational books and supported the construction of three new schools through ChildFund Australia.
“This is a huge achievement we should all be proud of,” said Mr Spence. “So let’s keep it going, let’s give every single child a chance to learn and grow so they can thrive into the future.”
Find out more: childfundsbigask.org.au
FAST FACTS: OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN
- 121 million children globally – nearly 58 million children of primary school age and 63 million young adolescents – are not enrolled in school.
- An estimated 250 million children globally cannot read, write or do basic maths.
- Children living in conflict, child labourers and those facing discrimination based on ethnicity, gender and disability are the most affected.
- Poverty plays a crucial role in keeping children out of school.
Reference: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and UNICEF (2015). Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children. Montreal: UIS.
ChildFund Australia is an independent and non-religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in the developing world. ChildFund Australia is a member of the ChildFund Alliance – a global network of 12 organisations which assists more than 15 million children and families in 58 countries.
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