1.2 mil­lion pens up for grabs

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

LEAD­ING pen com­pany BIC is on the road with the Read Ed­u­ca­tional Trust and its na­tional ed­u­ca­tional roadshow, and is giv­ing out a to­tal of

1.2 mil­lion pens to pupils at dis­ad­van­taged schools across the coun­try.

This marks the sev­enth year that the com­pany has taken to the road on its cru­sade to arm chil­dren with their main class­room tool.

Lil­lian Hen­der­son, mar­ket­ing direc­tor for BIC, said: “With 55.5% of South Africans liv­ing in poverty, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Poverty Trends Re­port, many par­ents are forced to pri­ori­tise putting food on the ta­ble over pur­chas­ing school sup­plies.

“For their kids, how­ever, lack of ac­cess to essen­tials like pens is one of the big­gest ob­sta­cles to school par­tic­i­pa­tion and aca­demic achieve­ment. Our aim with our an­nual pen dis­tri­bu­tion drive is to make ed­u­ca­tion in­clu­sive for all and pro­mote a cul­ture of life­long learn­ing.”

More than seven mil­lion chil­dren have re­ceived pens from BIC since 2011 through their Buy a Pen, Do­nate a

Pen pro­gramme, and they are look­ing to in­crease that num­ber this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Hen­der­son, the pur­pose of these do­na­tions is to give all pupils a means to suc­ceed in their school lives by giv­ing them equal ac­cess to an es­sen­tial class­room item.

“Giv­ing chil­dren the right learn­ing tools can make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence. BIC wants to help them pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties and tal­ents that will al­low them to power their po­ten­tial and fu­ture.”

Flight Cen­tre and So­larBuddy give so­lar pow­ered lights to kids as a safe way to pro­vide light to these chil­dren at a min­i­mal cost.PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

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