Aid organizations such as UNICEF rely on the logic and methodical structure of design thinking in the development of new tools for providing aid in situations of disaster and conflict. School-in-a-Box is one such tool: a compact metal case containing the materials to set up a makeshift school for eighty students, including writing materials, teaching clock, tape measure, scissors, plastic blocks for counting, and exercise books. The box itself is robust enough to withstand shipment and lockable for safe storage, and the inside of the lid can be coated with chalkboard paint, which is provided. Thanks to designs such as this, education continues to play a part in emergency response; children can be gathered in safe spaces where positive development and a comforting sense of normalcy are provided. UNICEF’s Inspired Gifts series of products and kits support nutrition, vaccination, and education for children in need. This item and others are available for purchase at unicefusa.org/inspiredgifts.
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