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Support schools in these times of crisis

The past few weeks have been like no other. Many Australians are rising to the challenge in these most turbulent times, and none more so than our teachers. With great resilience, resourcefulness and good humour, our amazing educators are working passionately to ensure all children continue to receive a quality education.

Against a backdrop of disaster in recent times – drought, bushfires, floods and now the horrors of coronavirus – schools need our support. The long-term impact on children’s learning is not clear, but it will be significant.

Exacerbating disadvantage

Disadvantage was already the single biggest factor affecting children’s learning, and the coronavirus is now exacerbating that. More than one million Australians have already lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus. This is putting increased financial stress on families who were already struggling. The pandemic has also exposed the digital divide – many thousands of students are struggling to learn at home because they don’t have access to a computer or the internet.

However, the Australian spirit is truly coming to the fore. Teachers are learning as fast as their students, rapidly adapting to this new world of online education, with their students always front of mind. And we are hearing from supporters who want to know how they can help. We are working with schools, departments of education and other not-for-profit organisations to ensure we can deliver support in a targeted, timely and coordinated way.

Here is how you can help:

  • Donate to Schools Plus here. Your donation to our Crisis Appeal: Support our Schools will help schools in disadvantaged communities support their students’ learning needs and wellbeing through this crisis and beyond.
  • We have also partnered with Givit, a not for profit organisation that connects people who have, with people who need.
    • If you are a school requiring resources, please register with Givit here.
    • If you have items you would like to donate to support schools, please visit the Givit website here. Please donate bulk quantities (e.g. 10 laptops) and include postage in your donation to simplify the process.

Schools Plus is open for business and we are all available to support in any way we can – please do get in touch if you would like to.

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Your generosity will help schools provide the opportunities students need and deserve to fulfil their potential. Explore the much-needed initiatives on our Projects page and support a school today.

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