The Iran Education Fund equips students motivated to learn with the tools they need to access and succeed in school.
Poverty and the COVID crisis make accessing education very difficult for disadvantaged children in Iran. More and more educational activities are trending toward internet-based online learning. And whether in-person classes are occurring or not, they need to have tools for online learning and other necessary support and services to excel in their studies, carving out a better future for themselves and their families.
The Iran Education Fund is a vital new foundation for Child Foundation’s Iran Program. It is a deep and effective investment in a disadvantaged child’s education in multiple ways. Through the fund, we provide ongoing support to students with essentials like laptops, tablets, and internet access. Additionally, the fund supports college entrance exam prep materials, backpacks stuffed with school supplies, and more.
Since June 2022, we have distributed over 3,600 electronic devices to students in Iran who needed them to learn. This has included 740+ laptops, 1,600 + tablets, 300+ thumb drives, 490 external hard drives, 300+ internet access, 115+ smartphones, and 14 PCs.
Stay tuned for news about more deliveries coming soon!
Here are some of the students we interviewed in Iran and their report’s impact.
- Fatemeh Zahra (a university student studying fashion design) can finally work with the design software of her trade.
- Mohammad Amin (6th grade) is taking computer classes to get started early on tech literacy. And he no longer needs to borrow his married sister’s cell phone when classes are online.
- Aida (high school) can dig into her university exam preparations.
- Khatereh (high school) engages more meaningfully in her online classes because her cellphone has such limited capacity.
- Fatemeh (a law university student) can access materials, enriching her education and preparing for her law exam soon after graduation.
And the testimonies keep coming in! Fatemeh from Eilam is in 10th grade studying computers, and she sent us this message about her laptop from the IEF:
And the children are asking for more. Nearly every child we spoke to wants to take after-school classes, university exam preparation courses, or both! Many also expressed a need for books and an additional tech tool. We know every student has needs, and it will take the entire Child Foundation family to equip each child.
We also hear from our sponsored students that the Iran Education Fund is a valuable complement to our Cosponsorship Program. The monthly food support they already receive from their Child Foundation sponsor is nourishing and, families say, vital for their wellbeing. Monthly food packages are becoming more nutritiously diversified, with rice and chickpeas along with the beans and lentils that started this program. Based on feedback, we are also increasing the food package allotments to do even more good.
The Iran Education Fund is a tremendous opportunity and investment in our students, unlike what Child Foundation has ever done before. Help us raise funds needed for the thousands of children we support in Iran, and stay tuned for monthly updates with our newsletter.