Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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Back to School Backpacks

Across the UK, more and more teachers are seeing children turn up to school without proper uniform or stationery.

A survey of teachers by the NASUWT union found that:

  • Almost three-quarters of the teachers had seen pupils coming to school hungry; 
  • Over a quarter had given food to hungry pupils; 
  • Most had seen pupils unable to afford uniform; 
  • 15% had given pupils clothing; 
  • 59% said their school had given pupils clothing; 
  • Almost two-thirds had lent or given pupils school equipment; 
  • 41% had given advice to families on issues related to financial pressures; 
  • And most said financial pressures meant rising levels of anxiety among pupils.


Education is often talked about as the key to breaking out of the vicious cycle of poverty, but when families cannot afford the right clothing or stationery for school, it has a detrimental effect on the children’s ability to learn.

And for most children living in poverty, the school lunch can be the only nutritious meal they have all day, so during the summer holidays, parents have to spend more on food, which means there is less money to buy uniform or stationery when the school year starts.

In September, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will distribute Back to School Backpacks to children living in poverty across the UK. 

Each Backpack is worth £50 and contains £20 of school uniform vouchers; drawstring bag for sports; pencil case; pens; pencils; ruler; maths set; scientific calculator; highlighters; homework diary; A4 notepad; record cards; sticky notes; folder with dividers; USB stick; dictionary; thesaurus; fiction book; and non-fiction book.

To sponsor a Backpack for £50, please visit:  

You can help us raise funds for our Back to School Backpacks by taking part in the Rug Rats Ramble, a children’s charity walk around Hyde Park in London, on Sunday 14 August 2016. For more information, please visit: 

We will also need volunteers to help us pack the backpacks at the end of August in London, Birmingham, and Manchester. To stay informed about volunteering opportunities, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We are grateful to Better Community Business Network for supporting this fundraising appeal.

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