1 July 2011 – Imagine a school with no walls, no pencils, no electricity – for millions of children around the globe they don’t have to imagine this, it is their reality. In response, two educational development leaders – the socially responsible online tutoring company EduCare and the non-profit Pencils of Promise – are partnering from today to change this image and make education accessible to all, with the help of students across the U.S.
A project of EduCare’s Global Education Movement, the initiative invites U.S. students to visit the Pencils of Promise website and download a $.99 SAT Prep mobile app for their iPads or iPods to help them study for their SAT exam. All the profits from this action – yes, 100% of the profits – will then go directly to Pencils of Promise to build schools and classrooms – starting with a new school for students in San Antonio Chacayá, Guatemala. It is a great way for U.S. students to “learn and give!” A portion of proceeds from EduCare online tutoring sessions is also going directly to the project.
EduCare CEO Piyush Mangukiya learned first-hand, as a young student in his native India, how empowering education can be – and how difficult life can become for those with little or no access to education. He founded EduCare with the vision that education should be “a right, not a privilege” and to raise funds, through his EduCare Global Education Movement, to make education accessible to all.
“We at EduCare are excited to name Pencils of Promise as our lead Global Education Movement implementation partner and to be working with the PoP team to build schools around the globe. Schools bring hope and opportunity to communities and their youths,” said Mangukiya.
Pencils of Promise grew from founder Adam Braun’s personal experiences while travelling through India. When he asked a young boy begging on the streets what he wanted most in the world, the answer was simple, “a pencil.” It was then that Adam knew how powerful the promise of education could be. He started Pencils of Promise with just $25 and now has more than 200,000 supporters, including Justin Bieber – and has helped to build 26 schools — and counting — around the globe.
To download a mobile app for your iPad or iPhone and join our efforts to build a school for the children of San Antonio Chacayá, visit http://www.educateNcare.com or http://www.pencilsofpromise.org today!
EduCare’s Global Education Movement in India from EducateNcare.com on Vimeo.