The Last Word is joining forces up with UNICEF for cause very important to our host, Lawrence O'Donnell. The newly launched campaign, “K.I.N.D.: Kids In Need of Desks,” aims to help students in Malawi by improving conditions of classrooms.
The country’s education system is plagued by several factors: overcrowding, a shortage of qualified teachers and a profound scarcity of basic materials, like desks or chairs. Most kids just sit on the floor because they don’t have any other option.
On a visit to the country this past summer, Lawrence saw first hand the poor conditions of these schools. So he got together with UNICEF to help supply desks to Malawi classrooms in a fundraising drive.
This unique partnership between MSNBC and UNICEF will specifically target 172 schools in four of Malawi’s priority districts: Blantyre Rural, Dedza, Kasungu, and Lilongwe Rural East & West. The success of the partnership will ensure that these schools are well equipped, providing a safe and stimulating learning environment for deserving kids.
In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, approximately 45 million children do not go to school. Out of those that do attend, only 20 percent have access to furniture. We hope to change that.