‘GBC-Education’s global impact is remarkable’–Ancestry®
Ancestry® hopes worldwide connections will help expand its flagship free resource for teachers and students.
Ancestry® may be the Global Business Coalition for Education’s newest member, but already exciting plans are underway for the partnership.
The world’s leading family history and consumer genomics company, with 3.6 million subscribers and 34 million DNA customers, has set a target of expanding its flagship philanthropic program AncestryClassroom™ to serve ten million students by 2025.
AncestryClassroom is a free resource for teachers and students that provides access to Ancestry’s global record collections at no cost. The program also empowers teachers with guidance to help students find their family story, and understand moments in history through primary source research, such as looking through old census records, as well as how to interview family members.
The program currently reaches nine million students in the United States, Australia and New Zealand and will expand to the United Kingdom and Canada this year. As Ancestry plans to expand AncestryClassroom and enhance the product, it believes the partnership with Theirworld’s GBC-Education will be particularly valuable.
“We wanted to prioritize a global partnership with an organization that understands the greatest needs in schools around the world,” said Jillian McCoy, Director, Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Ancestry.
Ancestry formally joined GBC-Education on January 24, International Day of Education, with a commitment to support Theirworld’s Global Youth Ambassador program.
The network of 2,000 young activists in 100 countries is key to Theirworld’s and GBC-Education’s mission to end the global crisis in education. Its numbers have doubled in the past few years, and the plan is to keep growing the network at pace.
“The GYA program not only identifies those who have the potential to make history, but then ensures they have the tools to actually achieve it,” she added.
“Theirworld and GBC-Education’s global reach and impact in the education space is remarkable. To identify these incredible young people across the globe and help them with forums and resources to make a real social and environmental impact is really inspiring.
“We’re really excited to be working together to empower the next generation to make history. When young people have that drive, that dream, that change they are trying to make, it’s important that they have the community, resources and the tools to unlock that change.
“Our goal is that in 100 years these Global Youth Ambassadors will be the history-makers that we look back on and read about.”