Monday, September 8, 2014
(Cross-posted on the Official YouTube blog.)
Editor's note: Kevin Cahill is the CEO of U.K. charity Comic Relief, whose mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.
This September, as millions of young people head back to the classroom, we’re opening our digital doors to a brand new type of school--and you’re all invited.
The School of YouTube will see many of your favorite YouTube stars learn or teach something new. From figure-skating to salsa dancing, baking a cake to landing a plane, you’ll be able to watch a whole range of weird and wonderful lessons during the week of September 8 to 12.
We all know that YouTube is already like a huge virtual school--a place where people come to learn, to teach, to hang out and make friends--so it makes perfect sense to celebrate this for one week. And the best thing about this school is that you’ll be able to make a real difference to young people who desperately need your help.
The stars of the School of YouTube will be asking for donations to help some of the millions of people around the world who don’t have the opportunity to go to school or get an education. These kids may be struggling to survive on city streets, in slums or in refugee camps. Or they may be in a situation like 10-year-old Daniel from Ghana, who has very little time to get an education because he has to work long shifts in a dangerous gold mine so that his family can afford to eat.
Getting an education is by far the most powerful route out of poverty for these children and that’s where the School of YouTube comes in.
Money raised from donations will go to the U.K. charity Comic Relief, to help give kids an education across some of the world’s poorest countries. And even just £10 or $17 can pay for a Zambian orphan to go to school for two months where they also get a healthy meal--often the only one they’ll eat all day.
So hands up, who’s ready for a lesson at the School of YouTube? If you laugh a little or learn a little, please give a little.