The simple joys of a child’s school desk


Millions of students in Africa spend their days packed into tiny classrooms, sitting on dirt floors for hours at a time. Giving them the most basic tools – a place to sit, read and write - could help them achieve a better education and a brighter future.

The MSNBC community is working to make that a reality.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell teamed up with UNICEF in 2010 in a groundbreaking partnership to create the K.I.N.D Fund – Kids In Need of Desks.

The program has raised more than $5.7 million to date, providing tens of thousands of desks to schoolchildren in Malawi. Girls have an especially hard time gaining a solid education in Malawi where only 7% complete their high school education. Unlike primary school, the cost of education isn’t free. Through a new K.I.N.D. initiative, the public can provide scholarships to these young women.

For $32.50, you can give the gift of a seat to one student. For $65, you can purchase an entire desk that will seat two or three students. A donation of $177 will cover one year of a girl’s education, which includes tuition, room and board, text books, transportation, a school uniform and other learning supplies,

The simple joys of a child’s school desk