SLOVAK school children have gotten together in a campaign to provide children from war-torn Afghanistan with the money to build a school. The campaign, run by the People In Peril association, was designed to help Slovak kids learn about Afghanistan and development issues.
Interestingly enough, it was the children from the poorest parts of Slovakia who helped the most.
"Our experience that those who have the least give the most was confirmed. Most of the schools that collected the largest sums are situated in regions of high unemployment, such as eastern Slovakia, Kysuce, and Orava," People in Peril said.
Students at 103 schools managed to collect Sk187,000 (€4,600) using their own ideas on how to generate funds - baking Afghan bread, collecting herbs and used paper, selling their own toys and organising benefits.
The money will be used in the reconstruction of a school in rural Afghanistan.
The project, under the title Little Figure for Afghanistan, ran in elementary and high schools from April to June this year. In an interactive, two-hour lecture, teachers introduced their pupils to the history and culture of Afghanistan, as well as the reasons why people in developing countries need help.
More than 300 teachers delivered the lecture to almost 15,000 students in 230 schools.
Thanks to the help from the kids and a grant provided by the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Slovakia, People in Peril can complete building the school for 450 boys and girls in the Afghan municipality of Pofdam.
18. Oct 2004 at 0:00