Share A Pencil Day

Since 2017 we have been raising awareness of global education issues through our annual Share a Pencil Day.

Share A Pencil Day is a fun and interactive way for schools, teachers and pupils to explore some of the reasons why millions of children globally are still missing out on the education they deserve, and why that matters.
Since it’s launch more than 200,000 children from more than 600 schools signed up to take part in the day.

Completely free to participate, Share a Pencil Day is part of the World’s Largest Lesson, introducing the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and uniting them in action. Share a Pencil Day highlights Goal #4: Ensuring inclusive & equitable quality education & promote lifelong learning opportunities for ALL. 

Share a Pencil Day takes place in May each year, during the week after the Yr6 SATs exams.

“It was wonderful to see the children’s reaction to the difficulties other children in the world have accessing education.”

Wendy Scherer, Hutton CE Primary School

What is Share a Pencil Day

The event is aimed at primary and secondary schools across the UK and is a lovely addition to the standard curriculum. Taking place in May, the week after Year 6 SATs exams, and completely free to take part, participating schools have access to lesson plans, short films and plenty more. Everything a school needs to run the day.

Why Share a Pencil?

Millions of children all over the world who do not have access to education or lack the basic tools they need for learning. Sometimes large groups of children have to share exercise books, paper and even pencils and pens.

Share a Pencil Day is about learning, it’s about engaging children and teachers in the UK to help everyone understand a little more about the difficulties faced elsewhere.

During one lesson on the day children are asked to share one pencil between two to better understand what school is like when you lack the resources we take for granted.

Teacher Tool Kit

Once you have signed up your class or school we will email you a link to a full teacher resource pack including videos, poster templates, assembly presentations, class notes and much more.

Sign up to Share A Pencil Day