Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

In 1938, philanthropist Dr J Calvitt Clarke had a vision: to provide life-saving support to families in China recovering from war. Today, ChildFund is represented in over 60 countries, helping the world’s most vulnerable children.

Over our long history, ChildFund is immensely proud to worked in partnership with families and local communities across the globe to ensure that thousands of children can survive and thrive.

Our Childhood Manifesto articulates why we believe every child needs a childhood. It is the foundation of our work with children, their families and communities, and drives our continued efforts to ensure that every child can say: “I am safe. I am educated. I am heard. I have a future.”

The Childhood Manifesto

Every child needs a childhood. But not all childhoods are the same.

Too many children don’t survive childhood.

Too many children endure a childhood scarred by poverty, where their basic human rights are ignored.

Too many children experience a childhood marred by violence and fear.

Too many children experience a childhood where education ends too early, and work begins too soon.

Too many children experience a childhood where they are not respected or listened to.

But when a child is nurtured, protected, and given opportunities …

When a child feels safe, encouraged, and valued …

When a child is free to learn and to play …

Then the potential of that child can be realised.

That child will make a vital contribution to their family, community and society.

And when that child reaches adulthood, they can nurture the childhoods that follow.

Childhood has a deadline. It’s a formative period where experience and conditions determine a child’s present, and set the course for their future. We must do all in our power to ensure that every child can survive and thrive.

Because every child needs a childhood.

It’s the annual ritual of every parent with school-age children: that last-minute dash to the shop to buy a gift for the person responsible for inspiring their child with a love of learning.

But this year, before you reach for those old-faithful gifts of scented candle, bubble bath or fancy choccies, think about giving your favourite teacher a gift that will give them those end-of-term warm and fuzzy feelings.

So instead of wrapping up another ‘World’s Best Teacher’ mug, we’ve got some gift ideas that will help you show your appreciation for your favourite teacher.


1. Caffeine

Teachers value caffeine, and with good reason: who wouldn’t need a cuppa after a day of wrangling a classroom full of whipper-snappers? There’s a few ways you can gift caffeine to your favourite teacher:

  • Buy the staffroom a new espresso machine
  • Organise for the local café to deliver a coffee-a-day for the first two weeks of the new school year
  • Give them a nice reusable coffee cup
  • Gift an assortment of flavoured coffee pods or packets for those mid-morning breaks.

They will thank you – a lot.


2. Stationery

While a new set of whiteboard markers or pencils might not be on the top of everyone’s Santa wish list, teachers actually love this stuff. Mainly because little fingers borrow what belongs to the teacher throughout the school year. They’re also not always good at returning them (not that their teacher minds too much).

Mainly because little fingers borrow what belongs to the teacher throughout the school year. They’re also not always good at returning them (not that their teacher minds too much).

Any of these stationary supplies will send your kid’s teacher off on their festive break with a real spring in their step:

  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Chalk
  • Paperclips

Find a nice themed stationary set or even a designer stapler (yes, that’s a thing) if you want to give your teacher a little extra.


3. A treat voucher

The festive season is a time for teachers to kick up their heels and take some time out for themselves. The gift of a cinema, restaurant or a shopping centre voucher gives them the chance to relax and unwind after a long year. After 12 months of school canteen lunches, your teacher deserves some me-time – just make sure the voucher is for use at a location that’s not normally frequented by their students.

4. Pooled gifts

Let’s face it – it’s always better to get quality over quantity. Organise the other parents and buy a single, amazing gift for your teacher. You could also add a bottle of bubbly. It might even be worth having a quiet word with the teacher to find out what they really, really want. It’s a win-win for everyone: parents don’t need to spend as much, and your class teacher will have a gift shows them how much their class appreciates them.


5. Donate charity gifts on behalf of your teacher

Teachers are passionate about education. Of course they love teaching your child, but what motivates them every day is the positive impact they have on the lives of countless children.

Donating an educational charity gift from our Gifts for Good catalogue will give them the joy of knowing their gift has helped children around the world. You might wish to donate:

When you donate a gift through ChildFund’s Gifts for Good program you also get a beautiful gift card that tells the recipient how their gift is making a difference. Add a personalised message to tell your teacher how much you appreciate their work, and you’ve got a gift that will be sure to knock their socks off (the socks bought for them by an unthinking parent).