In many places around the world, children who are desperate to learn are forced to do so with limited space and resources.
Once young people are able to get hold of books, paper, and pens, they have to find a place to actually sit down, read, and write.
Many end up crouching over, leaning on walls, or sitting in uncomfortable positions.
Why? Because they don’t have access to a desk or chair.
It’s not something we often think about – the importance of a desk. But without one, it’s incredibly uncomfortable to get on with learning and working.
A new invention called the Letter Desk could provide a solution.
Essentially, it’s a carboard desk that’s light enough for children to carry to their classrooms or around their neighbourhood, but can fold out and support children leaning and writing on top of it.
When it’s folded up, it looks like a backpack. When it’s unfolded, it’s a desk. Pretty genius, no?
The creator of the Letter Desk, HaYoung Lee, says he was inspired to design it while traveling through India.
‘I saw a lot of children sitting and squatting down on the dirt road and narrow stairs writing,’ he says. ‘They seemed to be studying or doing some school homework.’
Noting that crouching or bending over to write can cause pain and back problems, he decided to create a solution – one that was inexpensive, easy to use, and light enough to be moved around (as many young people don’t have one set place that they study).
HaYoung Lee is hoping to get funding so he can mass-produce the desks, but has also released the design for free online, so that other people around the world can make their own.
It’s a little thing that could make a world of difference.