Children in Egypt and Jordan receive essential school supplies to support learning and creativity while schools remain disrupted during the global pandemic

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 13, 2021-- Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) today announced that it has donated over 2.8 million school supplies including Sharpie® and Expo® markers and Paper Mate® pens, pencils and erasers among other Newell Writing products to UNICEF USA. The donation is in support of UNICEF’s education programming, including COVID-19 response efforts to mitigate learning disruptions in Egypt and Jordan. The donation to UNICEF USA will provide nearly 90,000 vulnerable children in these countries with the opportunity to enhance their education and help reach their full potential amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020 and continuing into 2021, children around the world were affected by the largest education disruption in history. Schools for more than 168 million children have been closed for nearly a full year. The crisis worsened pre-existing education disparities by reducing the opportunities for many of the world’s most vulnerable children – those living in poor or rural areas, girls, refugees, and children with disabilities. These learning losses threaten to potentially extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress. It's estimated that over 1 billion children are at risk of falling behind due to school closures.

“Newell Brands is proud to support UNICEF USA on the incredible work they are doing to support children around the world whose education has been impacted by the pandemic,” said Laurel Hurd, Newell Brands Learning & Development Segment President. “We hope these supplies will enable the young people who receive them to keep learning, no matter the circumstances, and find moments of joy in their education during unprecedented times.”

Through its emergency education efforts, UNICEF is addressing learning losses and preventing dropouts. Newell Brands’ contribution to these efforts will help UNICEF mitigate the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

“COVID-19 is having devastating impacts on children’s ability to learn around the world,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, UNICEF USA President and CEO. “UNICEF USA is grateful for Newell Brands’ generous contribution of essential school supplies to help equip students with the resources needed to fulfill their potential and cope with stress through learning and creative activities.”

* UNICEF (2021). COVID-19 and School Closures: One Year of Education Disruption. Retrieved from:  https://data.unicef.org/resources/one-year-of-covid-19-and-school-closures/

* UNICEF (2021, February 4). Education and COVID-19. Retrieved from:  https://data.unicef.org/topic/education/covid-19/

UNICEF does not endorse any company, brand, product or service.

Photo credit: Building a great reputation in New Damietta, the community school started receiving students from all over the city, including Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Yemenis, Iraqis and other nationalities.
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2019 COUNTRIES: Egypt SOURCE NAME: Dalia Younis DOCUMENT DATE: March 13, 2019

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