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Why Can't All Kids Go To School?

Find tips and donation ideas to help students throughout the world get an education.
Updated: December 1, 2022

Have you ever thought about how great it is to go to school? Although it can be easy to complain about the rules and the homework, it’s also important to think about school as something we’re really lucky to have! School gives us the chance to learn the things we need to know as we grow up. Going to school helps people lead good and healthy lives.

Because learning is so important, everyone deserves a chance to go to school and it’s unfair that some kids have to miss out. The next time the school bell rings, try to remember how lucky you are to be there!

Getting to School
For some kids, getting to school is uncomfortable; for others it is outright dangerous. In some parts of the world children must cross dangerous rivers in tire tubes. In others, kids balance atop broken suspension bridges, on unsecured ladders or narrow mountain paths. Some ride on bulls, on top of boats, or in horse carriages to get to school. These trips often take hours every day.

Education Around the World

What You Can Do
Lots of governments and leaders around the world are trying to help make sure all kids get an equal and fair chance to go to school and learn! You can help, too!

For example, you can donate books and other supplies like pencils and paper to schools that can’t afford these things themselves. You can also donate old backpacks and lunchboxes! Or, you can have a grown-up help you write a letter to an important leader telling them you want to make sure they do everything they can to support education!

Can you think of any other ways to help?

This article and its images were first published on, a website that helps parents to explain the world to kids, to inspire them to make a difference and to raise true global citizens.

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