Can an airline help vulnerable children?
In 2012, EasyJet collaborated with UNICEF to create “Change for Good” an initiative that seeks to primarily protect the most vulnerable children from across the globe that are often deprived of quality education due to health epidemics, conflicts and disasters.
Children in Danger
Statistics from a paper published in 2015 by UNICEF show that whilst the number of primary school age out-of-school children has dropped by 42%, there are still 58 million children, between the ages of 6 and 11, and a further 63 million adolescents of lower secondary school age out of school. It has been estimated that should these figures continue to rise two-fifths of these children or 15 million girls and 10 million boys are unlikely to ever set foot in a classroom.
“Change for Good”
Working in collaboration with UNICEF, EasyJet are helping to combat those stark figures by raising money to support children through their education by encouraging passengers to donate their spare change and leftover foreign currency whilst on-board. So far, EasyJet have raised over £10 million pounds meaning they can continue to support the world’s most vulnerable children which in turn gives them the best possible chance of success.
Thinking Outside of the Box
EasyJet have been thinking outside of the box. Many of these children are often based in remote locations that are subject to some of the world’s most horrific conflicts and disasters. Therefore, to ensure that children have access to education wherever they are they have created “The School in a Box” – a pop-up classroom that can be set up anywhere that provides three months’ worth of teaching supplies for a teacher and 40 students.
This story shows how EasyJet supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.6: “By 2030, ensure that all youth and substantial proportion of adults, both men and women achieve literacy and numeracy.”
Founded in 1995, EasyJet is a British low-cost carrier airline that operates domestic and international scheduled services on over 820 routes in more than 30 countries.
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