Every month TTW founder Justin Miles directly engages with up to 4,500 children from all around the world using various technology platforms. Towards the end of 2016, through Microsoft’s ‘Skype in the Classoom’ platform Justin connected with Stone Hill Middle School in the US and the class of Dr. Faith Ibarra.
During the session, Justin and the pupils in the class discussed some of the many barriers to education, including the vast distances that some of the children that Justin has met through his adventures have to travel to get to school. Some children have to walk to school covering distances of up to nine or ten miles, or more, each way, every day.
After the session the students in the class were motivated and galvanised in to taking action to help make education happen for children everywhere, so they decided to send some of their teachers over to the UK to take part in the first ever ‘Snowdonia Three Day Challenge’, raising funds to help children to receive an education.
The class then embarked on an innovative programme of activities to not only understand some of the barriers to education, but to raise awareness of the global education crisis in their own communities and to support their teachers with their ‘Snowdonia’ quest!
One of Dr Ibarras pupils, Jennifer Abraham writes
When Dr’ Ibarra introduced us to the idea of taking travelling to the UK to take on the ‘Snowdonia Challenge’ to support education provision I was really excited and nervous about how it would all turn out. Although I knew that I would play a part in helping Dr. Ibarra with the event, I didn’t know that I would develop a passion for the issues surrounding education provision.
When our class took part in a ‘Skype in the Classroom’ session with Mr. Justin Miles (Just) I became interested in the specific conditions and challenges that children go through just to go to school. As I researched more about limited access to education around the world I realized one really important thing; my school-mates and I are the lucky ones. We receive free, quality public education where we can put our energy in to learning and not having to worry about crucial things such as where out next meal will come from or how we are going to get home. However, the thing that struck me the most is that we, the lucky ones, are complaining! We complain about the school food being bad, or that the bus stinks. We wish on every single star in the universe for a ‘snow day’ so that school is cancelled. We do not realize how fortunate we are.
To help my schools to realize how lucky they are to receive the education that we do, I want to help Dr. Ibarra with the Snowdonia 2K17 project.
Jennifer, her classmates, Dr Ibarra and her colleagues have genuinely grasped the knowledge that not every child has the opportunity to go to school and taken ownership of the role that they can play in making universal education possible, now and in the future. This is exactly what the ‘Teach The World’ initiative was designed for; to educate young people and to raise awareness in younger populations that not every child has the opportunity to go to school, to engage them in the problem, and then to motivate and empower them to take steps to make education happen for every child, everywhere. As these young people grow older they will become the business people, the educators and the political leaders who can, and will, turn the dream of universal education provision in to reality.
All of the funds raised by Stone Hill Middle School will be paid directly to UK charity ‘Education For Everyone’ and then distributed to individual education projects around the globe, working with the people on the ground to make every penny go a long way.
For more information on the global education crisis and what is being done to make sure that every child, everywhere has access to quality education please search under ‘Sustainable Development Goal 4’ or ‘SDG4’, one of the seventeen Global Gloals.