3P Learning and UNICEF Leigh Redman
We believe in zero. So do our partners at Unicef.
That’s a goal of zero young people without access to an education. It’s our goal, one we are proud to share with our global partners at Unicef. Every year we financially support a number of projects including School-in-a-Box, as well as the building and ongoing running of Unicef Child Friendly Schools.
Turning schoolwork into schools…
Every year 3P Learning funds a series of targeted projects, in association with Unicef. Our key objective is to increase school attendance by eliminating obstacles preventing children from accessing an education such as poverty, hygiene, sanitation and access to water.
Students around the world are helping, just by completing their school and homework in our flagship learning resource, Mathletics. Unicef points are earned across the live game and curriculum activities by answering questions correctly. We turn those points into cash and donate it to fund our projects.
Our projects across Zimbabwe
Since 2014, we have been supporting Unicef in a series of focussed projects across Zimbabwe, donating over $300,000. Our funding commitments over the next four years will support at least 16 separate schools through the program. The key objective is to increase school attendance by eliminating obstacles preventing children from accessing an education.
Take a look at just one example, this is Juliana’s story…
A mother of three, Juliana has been teaching at Muuyu Primary School in Mwenezi of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe since 2003. She lives 8km from the school. When she first started teaching here, she had to stay in a tin hut with four other teachers.
Juliana says “The persistent high poverty, poor environment and limited opportunities here have made teaching in rural schools unattractive for experienced teachers.” She teaches a composite class of 85 Grade 6 & 7 students..
The physical state of the classrooms is very poor, with students having to sit on the floor for the whole day. During the dry season, Juliana holds many of her classes in the open. It is not uncommon for five children to share one textbook.
Pupils often have to walk up to 5km to the river just to wash their hands or even go to the toilet – time away from their lessons. Often school is dismissed early because pupils complain of thirst and there is very frequently no fresh water to drink.
Now, with funds raised and donated by 3P Learning, children at Juliana’s school have access to clean drinking water and toilets – thanks to new facilities and a well constructed by Unicef.
Having access to water means that pupils will spend more time in their lessons learning instead of searching for water.