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Why we’re working together

The leading footwear brand, Clarks, and Unicef are working together to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children through education. Through the shoeSHARE initiative, the Clarks and Unicef partnership reaches children in the UK and around the world with education programmes to help ensure every child’s right to an education is realised.

With the support of Clarks, and their customers, Unicef is able to provide basic resources such as pens and classroom equipment so children have the right tools to learn, but also support in training teachers and work with schools and governments to ensure the quality and standard of education remains high, and that schools are a safe-space where children’s rights are respected.

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What we’re doing

Globally, there are more than 61 million children of primary school age still not in education. Through the shoeSHARE initiative, Clarks are supporting Unicef to transform children’s lives by gathering old or unwanted shoes at collection points in more than 450 Clarks stores across the UK. For every tonne of shoes, a donation is made to Unicef which goes towards education programmes and equipment for children around the world.

Since 2008 shoeSHARE has raised more than £1.6 million to support Unicef in working towards ensuring that every child around the world receives quality education, through funding education initatives such as School-in-a-Box.

In 2017, Clarks also began to support children’s education programmes in the UK. To date, Clarks have supported 86 disadvantaged schools to work towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. 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

What we’ve achieved

£1.6 million

raised to support Unicef's education work

86 schools

in the UK supported to achieve their Rights Respecting Schools Award

2,073

tonnes of used or unwanted shoes donated by Clarks customers to raise money for Unicef