THE SCHOOL PROJECT (TSP) is an initiative by the creators of the Melbourne Period Project. The aim of the School Project is to provide children displaced through domestic violence with everything they need to continue their schooling and homework.
Children who need to leave home suddenly due to domestic violence usually leave with very few personal possessions. Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to return home to retrieve necessary items, including school backpacks and school supplies.
It costs us around $50 to kit each child out with a backpack containing all the essential supplies for homework and a great day at school. We aim to raise $5000 to support 100 Victorian child victims of domestic violence and abuse to stay in school.
Our TSP backpacks are put together by students from Grade 7-12 during our Homelessness Awareness info sessions. The children learn about homelessness and how they can help others in need, all while putting together a school backpack for another student they will never meet, but whom they know they have helped.
We make three different backpacks, Pack A) For grade prep to 3. Pack B) For grade 4-6. Pack C) Grade 7-12. Each pack contains items suitable for those year levels.
Our school backpacks contain the following:
Backpacks (plain colored)
Pens (all colours)
Stationary (rulers, erasers, sharpeners etc)
Geometry kits (Compass, protractor etc)
The impact of domestic abuse is felt right across the community through many areas. Children are often the forgotten victims. The individual victim suffers immense loss in all areas of life, as do their children.
The community is impacted by loss of productivity in the work place due to more sick leave, increase on expenditure of the public purse through medical, psychological and counselling, financial support for relocating and ongoing support. Little support is available to the continuation of the child’s education. This is where TSP can help.
Working in partnership with Women's Housing Limited, West Care, Launch Housing Victoria and several other key organisations, children displaced by domestic abuse will be provided with the necessities to continue their schooling and homework.
Lack of support is one of the key reasons students do poorly at school. Being different, not fitting in, having to lie about why their homework hasn’t been complete are tough challenges for all kids, and many of them will drop out of school rather than having to face people who don’t understand their circumstances. Not having essential items for school work and homework is a barrier to success for all students. Unfortunately, when children leave home, they are lucky to leave with the bare essential items.
With TSP, all children displaced by domestic abuse will have the right gear to continue their schooling and education. This leads to less truancy, higher grades, increased wellbeing and self-esteem.
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