Entreculturas warns of the post-Covid shock to education

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01/05/2021
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The power of education to be a transformative force in society is what led Sr María Luisa Berzosa to became involved with Entreculturas in the first place.

MARÍA LUISA BERZOSA
“Entreculturas”
“We were meeting with families who had nothing, and they asked us for a school for their children. That struck me so much that, when I returned to Buenos Aires, I told our director about this great need, and that we had to do something. Parents are requesting a different future for their children.”

“Entreculturas” is a non-governmental organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus and serving over 230,000 people. It supports 192 projects in 38 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. 

Right now, they're focusing their efforts on the education crisis in the midst of the pandemic.

MARÍA LUISA BERZOSA
“Entreculturas”
“We know many people can't access virtual alternatives to school. There are children who've been out of school for a long time, without food and without safety. School is often a safe place when there's violence at home.” 16:01

“What do we need most at this time? Money for food, money to bring children back to school. But what does going back to school look like? Will it ever be the same? How do we relaunch education after the pandemic disaster?

The heart of Entreculturas' mission is to give people the chance to live with dignity. And education is the key. 

MARÍA LUISA BERZOSA
“Entreculturas”
“There are plans to address psychological and social problems and the digital divide; there are other specialized programs too. A global solidarity is forming. The present crisis is creating global solidarity, now that we consider education a universal public good. Health is a universal public good and its foundations are shaking.”

Entreculturas is sounding the alarm about the education crisis caused by COVID-19. They say it could lead to a 30-year setback to educational advances achieved around the world.

For now, they are relying on creativity to continue their investment in education, which is why they’ve launched “Run for a cause,” a virtual race which they hope will sustain projects across 38 countries. 

To get involved and to support the initiative, visit entreculturas.org.  

Daniel Díaz Vizzi

TRANS: JM 

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