As we head to celebrate almost a year since the Changemakers School was launched, we are extremely happy to see the impact young people are having by accessing our unique online resources. Their experience goes beyond learning -- it is creating meaningful, positive change in their communities.
To date, we have enrolled more than 1,200 students from over 55 countries. Our partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation helped us provide scholarships and grant funding to young changemakers from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi to foster youth-led community development in those countries.
There were two granting cycles held last year, where we awarded 20 grants to youth-led projects, created through our Project Management course, in 12 different countries. Whether teaching underprivileged girls how to build robots in El Salvador and Nigeria, facilitating access to drinking water in impoverished neighbourhoods in Venezuela, helping children learn English through interactive Ebooks in Romania or bringing solar electricity to remote villages in Malawi, the projects launched thus far from our Changemakers School are making a real difference.
Even though our operations had involved the use of technologies before, the Online School came at a time where training and capacity building for young people is more needed than ever, as many of them are stepping up to help their communities affected by the pandemic.
See the attached report to read more about them.
WHERE TO NEXT?
Due to language barriers, we have only been able to reach young people who speak English, but we are looking forward to expanding our programs to Latin America and are in the process of sourcing new funding to provide scholarships to young leaders from the region that can benefit from the courses in Spanish and Portuguese. While they might not speak English fluently, many Latin-American youths are project leaders, NGO founders, social entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders.
This March 8th, 2021, we will be launching a brand new Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health course created by 10 Changemakers from 9 countries who are activists and/or medical professionals and who have extensive experience in working on Menstrual, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and who founded organizations such as Awareness 360, BlurredLines, Udaan, the Leader Unleashed, and Tingathe.
The course not only covers standard MSRH lessons but also touches on important and often overlooked issues such as peer pressure, respectful relationships and consent from a current and youth perspective. It also provides valuable information on different, modern menstrual hygiene and management products and the health and environmental impacts of their use.
On behalf of the Global Changemakers team, thank you for being part of our community and supporting the work we do. Without you, none of it is possible.