Article 26 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:    

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.    

Education is a human right. A lack of access to education is a justice issue.      

The COVID-19 global pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges children face in the global south. Many already face impediments to learning due to economic and social barriers, especially for very low-income families. The United Nations reported in April 2020, that “1.6 billion youth and kids were out of school” due to the effects of the pandemic. For children living in impoverished countries and communities, this has put their futures and their hopes at risk.  

A lack of access to education for children hinders their future, as they grow into adults who are unequipped for opportunities or lack enough skills to meet basic qualifications requirements. The possibility of access to sustainable income remains out of reach, and the cycle of poverty continues for another generation.

Access to education is the single most important tool to end generational poverty. It can open doors to new possibilities, enabling children to hope, dream and the means to realize a better future.

There are different ways CBM contributes to educational programs depending on the unique needs of a community. Here are some examples:

In Rwanda, school supplies and uniforms provide dignity and a sense of belonging and can be an important part of a child's emotional health. However, the costs of these essentials are often too great for parents already struggling to look after the basic needs of the family.
  
In the Philippines, not all children get the chance to attend pre-school, which is important in laying a foundation for kids at a critical stage of their lives. For older students, a degree is often required for even minimum wage jobs, yet college is not affordable for many.
  
Children and youth in India often need additional education and skills training to qualify for jobs. Yet extended learning opportunities is cost prohibitive and leaves many children out of the race for better positions.

  
In Myanmar, geography is a hinderance to education. Children who live in extremely remote tribal villages in the country's interior must travel great distances to attend school. Going “away to school” adds an additional financial burden of a safe place to board while away from home.

Through your support of Active in Mission events, we can meet these needs.  Working with local partners, CBM helps meet these varied and diverse needs in many different countries. Together, let’s open the doors a little wider and lower the barriers for the children and youth that we serve.

As One Campaign’s Executive Director David McNair puts it,  “This virus has taken enough from us already – it must not take the futures of millions of children as well.” 

We agree!  

We have seen the effects in our own families or extended families. This past year, with lockdowns and lack of school community, we have seen the negative emotional effects. If it is that way in a rich and stable country such as Canada, how much more challenging it must be for families in the developing world. We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.  

So let’s get Active in Mission (AiM)!

Our AiM in 2021 is to keep kids learning in the 8 countries we are currently working in: Bolivia, India, Rwanda, Lebanon, Myanmar, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and the Philippines!  

Our goal, with your help, is to raise $30,000 towards kids’ educational programs so that children can hope and dream and work towards a better, brighter future.   

Join a team or build a team and get your loved ones ACTIVE!   
You can rollerblade, skate, bike, run, swim, walk, dance, skip, hop and more! Starting July 18 to 25, get Active in Mission, take photos and/or videos and post on social media using #ActiveinMission!    

Register. Fundraise. Get Active.    

 

*Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Charitable registration number: 10684 3436 RR001

In the event that a particular project or program is oversubscribed, or where local conditions prevent implementation, CBM will redirect your donations to where it is needed most.

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