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easyJet launches summer onboard collection to support UNICEF’s education appeal

April 2023 - In Mugurele village, Ungheni district, children attend learning sessions about the importance of hygiene, hand washing, and hygiene products. UNICEF supports this school by supplying the necessary hygiene products.

easyJet launched its summer onboard collection to help raise vital funds to support UNICEF’s education appeal and ensure every child has the right to learn. Customers flying during the next seven weeks will be able to donate onboard.

Education is a human right, but still seven out of ten children globally cannot read or write by the age of ten and for out-of-school children, these basic skills are even further from reach.  The learning crisis will affect children’s health, prospects and earning potential and will impact on societies and economies for generations to come. UNICEF is working around the clock to protect children’s right to learn and easyJet customers’ support goes a long way.

easyJet’s customers can help UNICEF and its partners to ensure that children everywhere are able to access school, to keep learning and gaining the skills they need to succeed in life.  With over 600 million children and adolescents worldwide unable to attain basic reading and mathematics skills, and two third’s of the world’s school-aged children without internet connection at home to support their learning, there is a significant challenge ahead which requires innovation, investment and the support of global communities.

easyJet and UNICEF partnered to launch their Change for Good partnership in 2012. Since then, easyJet’s customers and crew have raised almost £17m in onboard donations, helping to protect millions of children around the world from disease and keep them safe during emergencies. It includes raising over £400,000 for children and their families affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, which has provided vital funds for UNICEF’s work in the region to protect the safety, health and welfare of children. easyJet’s customers and crew also raised a record-breaking £616,000 in a single month for UNICEF’s Ukraine response in 2022, as well as over £2m for UNICEF’s Education in Emergencies appeal during summer 2008 and summer 2019.

Millions of easyJet customers flying across 35 countries this summer will now be able to donate onboard in any currency, helping UNICEF meet the ongoing needs of these children. easyJet cabin crew are now running the collection onboard all flights until 2nd September 2023.

Michael Brown, Director of Cabin Services at easyJet said:

“I am really proud of our partnership with UNICEF and the amazing job our crew do to support the collections on board. I know they are very passionate about the changes they can help make happen to so many lives and communities across the world, with the generous donations from our customers.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for any donations they can make and those who have donated so far for their kindness and generosity.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive at The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) said:

“The learning crisis has reached a global scale, weakening education systems and affecting children around the world. Today, more than ever before, children and their futures need to be protected. UNICEF and easyJet are working together to provide children and adolescents with essential education supplies and quality learning opportunities to prepare them with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.

“‘I want to thank all easyJet employees and customers for their generous support towards our work for children around the world.”

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