For SSR, making school a safe, positive place has moved beyond the supply of uniforms. As technology embeds as an essential element of today’s education, underprivileged students are often further distanced from being able to participate in school, as they don’t have their own devices for class or homework. With Covid lockdowns, thousands of students were at home without access to devices, or internet connections.
Sue Karzis, Chief Executive Officer of State Schools Relief, says: “As a not-for-profit organisation, SSR depends on generous help to enable us to stick to our mission – to make sure young people from all sorts of challenging backgrounds have a chance. School is often the best & safest place for them. If we can get them to the front gate, it makes a difference to their wellbeing and their futures.
“I’m proud of how much we manage to accomplish with only 19 employees. In 2020, we assisted 72,000 disadvantaged students, but it’s tragic that the demand for our services is greater than we’ve ever seen.”
Sue says: “To support as many students as possible with our funding, we reached out to partners who could help negotiate the best pricing for our device purchasing.”