Education and learning are fundamental to building a thriving society. Those of us considered ‘privileged’ will likely never have to worry about education – it comes to us on a platter. But what happens to those who do not have such easy access to education. What about those without access to that plentiful ‘platter’?
This year, the journey for most of us has been challenging. There is no doubt that COVID-19 knocked the wind out of our social wings. The very fabric that society is built on has been torn, and the cracks of disparity have become more evident than ever. The path to education has changed, perhaps irreversibly, as some of our most trusted education providers have become agile. However, although education delivery has changed, for most, access has not. While some would argue that education has become even more accessible with the rise of digital technologies, cost remains prohibitive for many. Those less fortunate have seen the road to education become longer, bumpier, and further out of reach.
In Australia, over 1.2 million children are living in poverty. This is not only alarming but shameful. Additionally, many hard-working Australians have been struck by the pandemic and left without work and an income. Compound this with the enormous debt that seems to be forever increasing, and many have been hit not once but twice.
So, what about education? What about the children that were promised the sky, the sea, and much more from life? They are struggling more than ever before. Those hit hardest are those who cannot pay for education. Or, even if they can afford education, the cost of books, stationery, toys, and other necessities leaves them treading water.
So, Go1 decided to help...just a bit. Our wonderful Brisbane team put together a small toy and book drive this week. Everyone managed to find it in their hearts to give what they could. In the end, we rounded up 56 toys and books, which we hope will delight and inspire children. Learning is truly a gift, and these precious little souls will get something very special for Christmas. Who knows what will become of them? They may be our future doctors, developers, or even CEOs. The special part is that we gave hope.
Thank you to everyone who contributed, and most of all, thank you to the children who inspire and share our love of lifelong learning!