Education. It’s something vital to all of our lives, but how often do we take for granted the blessing of getting a good education? This post is sponsored by IKEA, but really it is so much more.
As an educator, I’ve seen first hand how giving a child the chance to learn and thrive in a good environment surrounded by opportunities and people who love and support them can change their life. So when I was contacted to talk about the new IKEA Soft Toys for Education Campaign, it was a no brainer to accept. As if I didn’t love IKEA enough (IKEA is finally coming to South Korea, fyi!) with all of their awesome furniture, delicious food and endless aisles of home inspiration!
During my time teaching, there is one little boy who stands out in my memory and pushes me to do my best to be an advocate for the children under my care. At just four years old, he came to my center unable to speak, use the restroom or even eat on his own! He started off unable to look at anyone or display any emotion at all. His home situation wasn’t the best, but with the support of trained teachers and hard work, he came out of his shell and blossomed. I’m so thankful he was able to enroll in our preschool program because by the time he went off to kindergarten he was potty trained, interacting with his peers and talking up a storm!
Don’t all children deserve this opportunity in their lives?
For every soft toy and children’s book sold between November 9, 2014 and January 3, 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Did you know? Last year, the IKEA Foundation raised $13.6 million (10.1 million euro) and over $1 million was raised in the US. That’s a lot of money to help a lot of children!
If you have a child yourself, they can even participate in a contest to create their own soft toy. How cool would it be to see their design come to life?
See you at IKEA! 😉
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.