Unicef and Clarks, the leading children's shoe retailer, have been in partnership since 2007. In that time, Clarks have contributed to transforming children’s lives through Shoe Biz, gathering old or unwanted shoes at collection points in more than 600 Clarks stores nationwide. The shoes are recycled in the UK and the money raised funds Unicef's education projects.

More than 67 million children of primary school age are still not in education. This is more than the population of the UK! Clarks are helping Unicef to ensure that more children are able to go to school.

In 2011, some of the funds raised through Shoe Biz was used to provide Schools in a Box. Each box contains essential items for 80 children to learn, including basic school supplies such as exercise books, pencils, wooden cubes for counting and posters.  All can be kept safely in the lockable metal box, the lid of which serves as a chalk board. Schools in a Box can transform any space into a learning space, allowing children the chance to learn, no matter where they are, or what is happening around them.

Shoe Biz and Unicef are working with some of the most vulnerable children around the world to ensure they have education, wherever they are.

Four of the Clarks team visited Zambia in October 2011 to see first hand the work that Unicef are doing with help from Shoe Biz.

"Unicef fights for the rights and equality of children, making sure their voices are heard", said one of the team. "Projects are sustainable so the money invested is all about the long term and it all goes towards providing a better education."

How to donate your shoes

Help Shoe Biz and Unicef to reach even more children by donating your old or unwanted shoes at your nearest Clarks store. Your shoes will help to change children’s lives.      

Shoe Biz  © UNICEF/ 2011/ Tadg O'Keefe
A young boy in an Early Learning Centre in Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia 2011 © UNICEF/ 2011/ Tadg O'Keefe
Shoe Biz © UNICEF/ 2011/ TadgOKeefe
Teenagers study at Linda Open community school, Zambia © UNICEF/ 2011/ TadgOKeefe

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