School in a Bag has helped thousands of children around the world who are deprived of an education. Until now, they have funded over 129,000 schoolbags across 50 countries worldwide.

The Somerset-based charity sends SchoolBags filled with essential resources to poor, vulnerable or orphaned children. The resources enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves, eat, drink and above all, learn.

A typical SchoolBag contains pencils, biros, colouring pencils, a maths set, ruler, pencil case, six exercise books, a water bottle, a LunchBox with Spork and a hygiene kit which includes a flannel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and a face mask.

Where appropriate, a LifeStraw is also included – an amazing bit of kit that lasts up to ten years and transforms even the dirtiest of water into drinkable water.

Luke Simon, founder of School in a Bag, set up the charity after his brother died in the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand. Luke was with Piers when he died.

Luke says:

“Each of these SchoolBags will make a change to a child’s life. On an individual basis, a SchoolBag for these children can provide vastly improved learning capabilities, hope and a lifeline to a future out of poverty. On a world scale, educating the next generation is a key force to human development and global stability.”

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Uzma Gulbahar holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University College of London. She is particularly interested in exploring untold stories surrounding marginalised groups, identity and culture.

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