OfficeTeam is delighted to announce that it is supporting WildHearts’ Love to Learn programme, which aims to facilitate access to education for children in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing them with school starter packs, reading materials and ongoing educational supplies.
Who are WildHearts?
To date, WildHearts have transformed over 175,000 lives both at home and abroad through funding micro-loans for poor entrepreneurs in the developing world and helping young people at home develop business and employability skills though Micro-Tyco.
What is Love to Learn?
Aside from war, one of the main barriers to educating girls is gender discrimination. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of young women have not completed secondary education and one in three women cannot read. The implications of this are severe;
- Uneducated girls are most vulnerable to trafficking and three times more likely to contract HIV.
- Women with secondary education marry later and have an average of three children, while uneducated girls are more likely to be child brides and have an average of seven children.
- A single year of primary education increases a girl’s wages by 20%.
WildHearts recognise that the exclusion of girls from education in the developing world is a serious global issue, its injustice affects us all.
Love to Learn seeks to address this issue by providing ongoing essential educational equipment to children in Sub-Saharan Africa, so that girls as well as boys get to go to school. In line with WildHearts’ ethos of creating ‘Inner Change, Local Change and Global Change’ they have partnered with five UK schools, three based in Glasgow and two in London, who will help to pack the school supplies before they are shipped to Malawi. WildHearts’ goal is to send 20,000 school packs including pens, pencils, notebooks and rulers, all of which will make a huge difference to schools with little access to basic educational equipment.
How will OfficeTeam help?
To help WildHearts achieve this goal, we will utilise our in-house delivery fleet, OfficeFleet, to distribute the school pack supplies from our Greenwich warehouse to the participating schools. We will then collect the completed packs from the schools and pass them over to WildHearts who will organise their long journey to Malawi, where they are expected to reach schools in September 2017.