World Humanitarian Day 2020: Real Life Education Heroes

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Global Business Coalition for Education has leveraged its Rapid Education Action (REACT) platform to mobilize corporate resources to ensure learning could continue outside of the classroom.

In honor of World Humanitarian Day 2020, the Global Business Coalition for Education highlights some of the #RealLifeHeroes working to help children and young adults continue learning during one of the worst pandemics in decades.

Kura Foundation by Dafero in Montreal, Canada

Lina Zdruli

Lina explains how refugees struggled to find accurate and reliable information during the onset of the pandemic. Her organization created an online course to deliver key information on COVID-19 and another course to provide mental health support. This helped foster a sense of safety and security to many.

Comp-U-Dopt in Houston, USA

Colin Dempsey

Colin tells us how he and his organization helped distribute more than 7,000 computers to underserved children in Houston.

A Global Voice for Autism in Jordan

Zain Shorbaji

Zain talks about the impact of the lockdown in Jordan for autistic children and children with disabilities. In response, they launched a mobile app to help parents teach their children.

Sadad Humanitarian Organization in Hatay, Turkey

Hamza Al-Yusuf

Hamza talks about the impact of COVID-19 and school closures for children in Syria. His organization helped set up WhatsApp groups to maintain communication between students, teachers, and facilitators. Thanks to this, students stayed in touch and received learning and awareness-raising materials.

Thaki in Beirut, Lebanon

Samia Habli

Samia tells us about how her organization distributed computers to children and students after the sudden switch to online learning. Thaki also helped develop online tools, learning content, and tech tricks on youtube and WhatsApp to support educators and parents to become more comfortable with technology.


Support COVID-19 Education Relief

COVID-19 is an ongoing crisis, with many students still unable to safely return to school. Unequal access to technology and remote learning infrastructure continues to put marginalized students at further risk of prolonged disruption to their education.

Email us at [email protected] or visit this page to learn how you can support these and other #RealLifeHeroes.

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