Share a Pencil Day is an awareness and an education day. A fun and interactive way for schools, teachers and pupils to explore the reasons why millions of children globally are missing out on an education, and why that matters. FREE lesson plans, short films and classroom notes are available to participating schools, just sign up below to access all the materials you will need.
(Share a Pencil Day is not a fundraiser or charity day so no need to ask anyone for money or any parental engagement.)
The date has now been set for 2018: Wednesday 23rd May
Taking place each May, the week after Year 6 SATs exams, it is the perfect time to set aside just one short lesson during the day, or to start the day with a brief assembly topic or simply show a film.
Aimed at primary and secondary schools across the UK, Share a Pencil Day is an ideal addition to the curriculum that can be included in Citizenship, PHSE, Geography or language lessons. Simpler still getting children to design their own Pencil Placard "I love school because...." helps them understand why school is so important.
During their lesson why not Join Us in asking children to Share a Pencil, to work in pairs with one pencil between two pupils, to help them appreciate the difficulties of learning with limited resources, resources we take for granted.
Why Share a Pencil?
Millions of children all over the world who do not have access to education or lack the basic tools they need for learning. Sometimes large groups of children have to share exercise books, paper and even pencils and pens.
Share a Pencil Day is about learning, it's about engaging children and teachers in the UK to help everyone understand a little more about the difficulties faced elsewhere.
Participation could be limited to one class or one year group, all of KS1 or KS2, what ever suits your school best.
Our aim for 2018 is to engage 100,000 school children on the day. Join Us
If you wish to take part using your own pencils you are still very welcome to join in. Just register to access the materials needed so we know how many children we are reaching. We feel it is a good idea however to have a symbol of the day, a little something for the children to take away.
Share a Pencil Day is part of the World's Largest Lesson, introducing the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and uniting them in action. Goal #4: Ensure inclusive & equitable quality education & promote lifelong learning opportunities for ALL.
17 Global Goals to achieve 3 things by 2030.
End Extreme Poverty. Fight Inequality and Injustice. Tackle Climate Change
Please spread the word using the hashtags #shareapencilday and #hopepencils