Millions of children in schools in Africa do not have adequate school supplies. They lack the basic school supplies because their families live below the bread line. Their parents do not have adequate resources to take care of them and cover all school related costs etc. This is the stark reality. As you would imagine, in such a situation, when the parents have to decide between putting food on the table and buying school books or school supplies, the more pressing need of food/survival rightly wins over.