This year’s annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign kicks off today and the students at Winnipeg’s Linden Meadows School are doing something special.
Students will experience some of the hardships that their peers in Africa endure every day by participating in “A Day Without” during October.
One Grade 5 class will go without electricity and desks; a Grade 2 class will do without chairs; a Grade 6 class will attempt to go without a classroom (weather permitting); and a Grade 7 class will do without desks or chairs while having only one pencil and a sheet of paper a piece.
“This is the kind of activity that helps Canadian children understand what kids in Africa go through every day,” said Tricia Schers, Regional Director for UNICEF Canada Prairies Region. “All children have the right to education, but millions of children around the world don’t have access to safe schools or teachers.”
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will help raise funds to create schools in Malawi and Rwanda where children can learn, play and have access to clean water, washrooms and hand- washing facilities.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can do so online at www.trickortreatforunicef.ca