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Smart art supports children
A Portuguese company, Logoplaste, and Smart combined their creativity to offer CADin – an innovative fundraising initiative to supports children with learning difficulties. The Smart Art campaign involved companies buying a Smart car and donating it to an art auction. Well known Portuguese artists were invited to customise the cars with their artwork. The cars toured shopping centres and other public places throughout Portugal, raising public awareness for the activities of CADin.
Why it matters
The idea of involving big companies rather than individuals in this kind of initiative turned out to be success. Six of the auctioned cars were bought by companies that wanted to participate. Will successful initiatives like this encourage big companies or well known individuals to get involved with local causes more often?
A Spanish NGO launched a campaign to raise awareness about the lack of public education for more than 60 million children around the world. The idea was to add an empty red chair in classrooms to symbolise how children are missing out on basic education.
The arrival of red chairs in the classroom has made some children question why they are there. This became the perfect opportunity for teachers to address the issue with materials created by the NGO such as games and stories.
Studies show that social mobility in Germany depends largely on socio-economic heritage - not on intelligence. To change this, university students started an initiative called “Rock your life” which organizes one-to-one relations in which undergraduate students coach younger pupils from secondary modern schools and deprived areas.