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Christmas List: Give a child in Africa access to quality education

64472H(NC)—Achieving universal primary education has proven difficult in Africa – almost half of the estimated 72 million children not enrolled in school worldwide live in sub-Saharan Africa. In Niger, only one in two girls go to primary school; one in ten to secondary school; and only one in fifty attend high school.

What is being done to promote child-friendly schools in Africa?

UNICEF and Save the Children are working hard to rebuild schools and promote child and especially girl-friendly schools. The child-friendly school model is based on a simple philosophy: school conditions should attract children to school, keep them there, and provide them with quality education, and a safe and protective environment where they can learn and play.

How can you help during the holidays?

Many choose to donate directly to specific charities during the holiday season. Ikea offers a way for individuals to purchase a gift for a child, while also donating to a good cause. $1 from every Ikea soft toy purchase this holiday season between November 1 and December 26 goes to UNICEF and Save the Children to help provide child-friendly schools to countries like Africa.

Ikea’s annual soft toy movement has already helped eight million children. Just imagine how many more can be reached with this year’s proceeds.

More information is available online at www.

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