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Study Group raises £1million for sustainable global education projects

07 April 2020

Fundraising milestone highlights Study Group’s long-term commitment to supporting education projects in developing countries.

Through a programme of staff and student fundraising, Study Group’s Building Futures initiative has now raised £1million, helping some of the world’s poorest children access education and a better future.

Study Group Chief Executive Emma Lancaster commented:

“I am incredibly proud of the fundraising efforts of Study Group staff and students across the world to help children to overcome adversity and achieve their educational potential. We have been fortunate to help, in partnership with the globally-respected charity Plan International, 11 communities to rebuild schools and access training and resources.

“At this difficult time for communities across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the education of young people requires ever greater cooperation. We are proud to play our part in this, including for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.”

Helping 2,603 children return to school in Bangladesh

This milestone fundraising achievement also marks the moment Study Group staff and students raised the £200,000 required for a new education project in Bangladesh. Work has already begun to help eight schools better cope with annual flooding suffered in the community. Floods that currently disrupt children’s education for months at a time.

Teachers and pupils at this school are already seeing the results of this work. Rezwana, a student with special needs at one of the project schools in Bangladesh, said:

“Previously there was no ramp in my school. That’s why I needed to depend on others like my friends. But the project constructed a ramp and now I can help myself.”

Study Group’s commitment to these projects enables young children to access a better education in a safe and supportive environment. Not only do they provide the school buildings and resources they need but the training and investment in the community itself to ensure these projects have long-term success.

As the landscape of the world evolves, it becomes ever more important to ensure those most vulnerable in society have the opportunity receive an education that sets them up for the future.

Building Futures – adapting to challenging environments

From Benin to Brazil, Indonesia to Sri Lanka, Building Futures helps advance children’s rights and helps build a fairer society through education projects around the world. In particular, Building Futures supports education projects that are often a response to destruction caused by natural disasters. Focusing not just on constructing schools but on training and school leadership, these projects build resilience in communities and help them adapt and respond to changing environments – something that has never been as important as now, with global communities responding to the impact of COVID-19.  

Find out more about Building Futures.

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