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    Having the basics means more kids in class, focused and ready to learn

Having the basics means more kids in class, focussed and ready to learn

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Education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. It is how we will break the cycle of hardship, and it is at the core of everything KidsCan does. We are levelling the playing field, giving children whose families are struggling the same opportunity to learn as anyone else.

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Child Poverty Monitor: 2019 Technical Report.

Child Poverty Monitor: 2018 Technical Report

Child Poverty Monitor: 2019 Technical Report

Since 2005...

27 million food items
170,000 shoes & socks
345,000 raincoats
704,000 health items

Latest updates

Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

More action needed to combat young people’s experiences of period poverty

“In New Zealand today, girls should not be missing school because they don’t have sanitary products. It affects their education, reduces their career prospects, and can trap them in a cycle of poverty. We’re doing all we can to change that.”
Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

Child poverty: For some families, life is a relentless, exhausting struggle

OPINION: I can still remember the excitement of the first day of school.
Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020

Kids in poverty miss start of school year, as siblings share one uniform

When students do turn up for the new school year, it's in "dribs and drabs", often without uniforms or stationery. The teachers are used to it; they'll buy supplies out of their own money, keep the stationery list as brief as possible and make sure they don't make a big deal out of it. 

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