​I am sure that many of you are aware that poverty and inequality remains a massive problem worldwide. Across the globe, millions of people are stuck in a vicious cycle with no hope of improving their lives. In fact, there are currently more than 72 million children aged 5-11 who are not in school. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that a lack of education can harshly reduce the opportunities available to these people who are already living under depressing circumstances as a result of global inequality. It’s shocking that still, in 2018, there 759 million adults who are illiterate. Consequently they do not have the resources or education that they need for upward social mobility.

The persistence of poverty and socio-economic marginalization means that millions of people have not had access to an education – something that is vital for them to help improve their current situations. There are number of different reasons as to why these individuals don’t have access to education. One of them being the lack of financial resources of their local and national governments. Despite efforts from the international community, there are insufficient funds to help these countries establish an education system for everyone. Furthermore, many people don’t receive an education because of where they live. A lot of these people live in remote areas and lack access to basic healthcare, let alone a space to develop their skills. In fact, children living in rural areas are two times less likely to be in school.

The result of all this is that hundreds of millions of people are stuck in a vicious cycle of inequality, unable to improve their own personal situations but also the social and economic development of their countries as a whole. Education is incredibly important for economic success – For every additional year of education a child from these countries receives, their potential future income could rise by 10%!

But none of this is news, people have been trying to tackle these problems for decades and decades. Although there has been a huge improvement in recent decades it is still important to ask the question: why are current efforts to tackle this problem still struggling to break this vicious cycle?

Well, for one, there are many expensive overheads in the education initiatives run by charities. There are a lack of teachers who are willing to accept teaching positions in the areas that need it the most. Furthermore it can be very expensive to conduct the necessary training for local teachers, but also the initiatives attempting to relocate foreign charity workers. And, yes, more funding could potentially help, but many people feel disenfranchised by the idea of huge charities. People are concerned that their donations are getting lost within the bureaucratic nature of it all. How much is actually going to the people that need it?

Well, we think we may have an idea that could tackle those obstacles – Online Teaching! We are currently in the development phase of a new programme which will allow teachers from around the world to dedicate as a little, or as many, hours as they wish for the purposes of teaching underprivileged people from around the world. Online teaching goes directly from the provider in one country to the user in the other country without really passing through anyone else’s hands. This means there’s no risk of corruption at the hands of local officials.

Through partnerships with charities such as The Red Cross, we hope to bring quality education to those who need it most. It’s an amazing opportunity for those who wish to give back a little to humanity. Rather than donating a bit of cash and never knowing where it’s going, you’ll be able to see first hand how your efforts are helping those in need. An hour of your time a week could change someone’s life for the better!