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Transforming Lives Through the Power of Education

The devastating impact of a worldwide pandemic exposed the gaping inequalities and interconnectedness of human life, presenting us all with a choice: Continue an unsustainable path or drastically change course? As the world stands at a turning point, we must acknowledge the power of education to bring about profound change and renew our collective commitment to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” (UN Sustainable Goal #4) Education is the foundation of our future – we must strengthen education to shape a just and sustainable world.    

Helping Hand for Relief and Development’s Education Support Program (ESP) is actively changing the lives of orphans, refugees, and disadvantaged children across the globe. With over 6,600 beneficiaries in 2021, ESP is active in 9 countries, providing equal access to quality education. Fundamentally, teachers are at the heart of education renewal. Providing teachers with the recognition and professional support to collaborate and innovate will strongly influence the future of learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated our pre-existing education crisis. Education is critical to charting the course towards stability and growth, but it is failing millions of children, youth, and adults, increasing their exposure to poverty, violence, and exploitation. In addition, reliance on digital technology for learning has deepened exclusion and gender inequalities.

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) promotes and extends quality education opportunities through scholarships for refugees and poor children. It also helps them with higher education opportunities. It’s School of Excellence in Somalia, is providing the best possible education for orphans and poor children. Furthermore, HHRD is ensuring refugee children have learning facilities, such as Mobile Learning Centers and Child Care Homes.

In India last year, 202 scholarships were given to students,from the Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu states in India, pursuing their higher education. HHRD believes that graduating from a four-year degree program after intermediate is the most effective means for students to earn higher lifetime incomes, have better health outcomes, and enjoy fulfilling lives. There are many students who despite their highest academic honors are unable to attend higher education because of the high tuition costs of many higher education institutions. These scholarships are for talented but needy students.

By TIS Staffer
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