Today (15 July) is the United Nation’s (UN) World Youth Skills Day. One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, and here at the Ann Foundation we support that mission wholeheartedly.
The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the planet has been devastating, and in particular the lockdown measures have led to the closure of educational institutions across the globe. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN found that young people (aged 15-24) were three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, and now that figure looks like it will increase. Young people must be equipped with the education and training not only to build their own careers, but also to shape the new world that will be rebuilt after COVID.
Education is, and always has been, central to the mission of the Ann Foundation. Since working at the Helen Keller National Centre for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, our founder Ann realised that education empowers young people to overcome the limitations they may face due to poverty and discrimination.
As a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Ann Foundation is currently working hard to provide children around the world with resources so that they can keep developing their skills during this stressful time. We are ensuring that children are still connected to their education via programmes such as Google Classroom, Zoom and Skype, as well as developing word games, puzzles and various other activities that children can do at home.
The Ann Foundation envisions a world where every disadvantaged child gets an equal opportunity to write their personal and professional story. The start of this journey is education and training, and providing young people with the tools to carve their own path. Please join with us this World Youth Skills Day in supporting young people all over the world.