From pets, to favourite foods and childhood memories. Here are some of the inspiring drawings submitted to help refugee children access quality education.
More than 1,600 drawings were submitted to the Design for a Cause campaign – a joint partnership between Australia for UNHCR and graphic design platform Canva to help refugee children access education.
“When I grow up, I am to become a doctor, to help the nation,” said South Sudanese refugee, Suzanne.
“I go to school to learn how to be a good person in the future,” added the 16-year-old.
A staggering 48 per cent of school-age refugees are currently not in school, which means around four million children aren’t getting the critical skills and opportunities they need for a stable and empowered future.
Between October and December, Canva selected the most smile-worthy drawings, transformed them into graphics, and added them to useful templates to be sold on their platform.
All proceeds are going to UNHCR education programs to ensure refugee children access primary school, safe learning environments, school readiness programs, quality teachers and tools so that they can build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.
“Being the regional winner for the African continent, it wasn't something I was expecting,” said 24-year-old winner, Kuena.
Through their illustrations, people from around the world shared drawings of their pets, favourite foods and holiday destinations, but they also shared stories of hope and childhood memories that make them smile.
Craftivists Stephanie Dunlap and Tal Fitzpatrick reached out to artists around the world to raise funds for Australia for UNHCR
The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.