Clarks and Shoeshare

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Since 2008, Unicef and leading shoe brand, Clarks, have worked in partnership to help children have access to education.

In that time, Clarks have contributed to transforming children’s lives through shoeSHARE, gathering old or unwanted shoes at collection points in more than 500 Clarks stores nationwide. For every tonne of shoes, a donation is made to Unicef which goes towards education programmes and equipment for children around the world. To date, the partnership has raised more than £1.6 million to support education including within the UK.

Globally, there are more than 61 million children of primary school age still not in education. Clarks are helping Unicef to provide basic resources such as pens and pencils so children have the right tools to learn, but also support in training teachers and work with governments to ensure the quality and standard of education remains high and children are leaving school able to read and write.

One quarter of money raised by Clarks goes to education programmes in the UK. In 2017 Clarks supported 33 disadvantaged schools to work towards the Rights Respecting Schools Awardand in 2018 this rose to 35 schools. In addition, since launching the partnership with Rights Respecting Schools Award over 500 schools have held their own ShoeShare collections, helping to raise £150k to support vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

Donate your shoes 

Your shoes will help to change children’s lives. You can help ShoeSHARE to reach even more children by donating your old or unwanted shoes at your nearest Clarks store.

If you are a school that would like to host a ShoeShare collection you can get more information and resources here.

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Portrait of Raheema* , aged 10, at a Unicef Child Learning Centre in Balukhali Refugee Camp, Bangladesh
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