4 Education-Focused Charities to Support in 2021

Apr 23, 2021 by

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March marked a year since the pandemic began, at least in the Western hemisphere, and it’s been a tough 12 months for everyone.

Perhaps few parts of daily life have been impacted more than education. With the shuttering of schools around the world and continuing uncertainty about when and how schools can reopen, there’s little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has deeply impacted global education in ways we are only beginning to understand.

According to UNICEF, schools for more than 168 million children around the world have been completely closed for a full year.

Rebuilding from this is going to take time, effort, and donations from people like you. Here are a few organizations fighting to improve health and education for children at a time when they desperately need it, possibly more than ever before.

Intercultural Development Research Association

The IDRA, or Intercultural Development Research Association, has been working harder than ever since the onset of the pandemic, trying to respond to the needs of the most underserved students while facing unprecedented educational challenges.

From the group’s website: “During these difficult times, IDRA is providing COVID-related bilingual policy updates for families (in English and Spanish), conducting webinars for educators on navigating the distance-learning world, holding teacher and principal academies on virtual teaching, and providing other bilingual resources about online learning for families and educators across Texas.”

The public health crisis has negatively impacted the educational growth of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. This is a critical time in their development, and because of a lack of resources in many rural areas, there’s little ability to curb the problem.

To combat these challenges, IDRA is now “partnering with school districts to bolster instructional support for virtual learning and to provide quality early childhood bilingual books. With additional support, we will distribute these vital resources to students and families, ensuring that our most valuable community assets – our children – continue to thrive.”

Global Partnership for Education

As the Global Partnership for Education points out on its website, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an emergency of unprecedented scale for education.

In poorer countries already facing a learning crisis, 126 million children are now entirely separated from their schools, and most of them from any ongoing learning at all.

To respond to this crisis, GPE has “mobilized more than $500 million to support partner countries with planning and implementing their response to the pandemic. This funding is helping governments sustain learning for up to 355 million children in 66 countries.”

GPE is trying to facilitate coordinated responses that are country-driven, aligned behind government priorities, and to share information and experiences.

UNICEF

Pretty much everyone at least knows the name UNICEF, and for good reason. It’s one of the most well-respected charities in the world, fighting for dozens of causes all around the world.

But as they point out on their website, the situation for many children is dire given the prolonged absence of education, which is so important to help lift these children and their families out of the poverty that was already a problem before Covid-19.

“As the number of COVID-19 cases soars, so do the needs of children and their families. From delivering life-saving health supplies to building water and hygiene facilities, to keeping girls and boys connected to education and protection, UNICEF is working to slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its impact on children worldwide,” the group said on their website.

WE Charity

WE Charity is one of the largest charity organizations in Canada and started as Free the Children, an organization dedicated solely to fighting child labour and empowering children.

Though WE Charity has grown exponentially from its humble roots as a labour of love from its founders, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, it still focuses primarily on children, mainly through providing education and opportunity.

From WE Charity’s website: “In order to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it is imperative that our network of medical staff, community health volunteers, local teams and teachers are equipped with essential training and knowledge about the virus. Your support will ensure this training can be carried out through radio campaigns, flyers, in-person workshops and a “Training of Trainers” program that empowers community ambassadors to join as additional trainers. Additionally, your donation will enable us to provide critical medical supplies, protection gear, and sanitation products to medical staff and communities.”

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