When classrooms don’t have enough desks, children are either forced to sit five on a bench meant for two students, or sit on the floor. This can be extremely uncomfortable, and distracts them from their learning. Imagine sitting on the floor, surrounded by other students, being bitten by dust mites, trying to write on your lap, and straining your neck to see the board. It’s an impossible situation.
Children also struggle without access to textbooks. In many cases, classrooms don’t have any books at all. This makes it hard to follow what the teacher is saying, and means that children are far less likely to leave school knowing how to read.