Introducing our first member of The Education Club!
Emma Savva and her mum Vanja decided to join The Education Club after discovering that there are children around the world who have to work in order to go to school, whereas children in developed countries have the luxury of complaining about homework. Emma, who lives in Cyprus, also realised that some of these children earn just 5 cents per day, whilst she needs 10 of those coins just to buy a bottle of water at the school canteen.
Having learned this, Emma decided to take action. With the support of Vanja, she is running 1.5km of the Piale Pasha path in Larnaka, Cyprus. She is hoping to get people interested in sponsoring her in order to raise money so that she can become a Gold Member of The Education Club and be part of a community that will beat poverty through education.
You can find out more about Emma by visiting her Facebook page. We also asked Vanja some questions about Emma and her fundraising. Here are her answers:
Could you tell us a bit about Emma?
Emma is an active and lively 6 year old. She does ballet, art and plays the guitar. She speaks, reads and writes three languages (English, Greek and Serbian). She also loves to play with her sister and her friends, ride her bike and scooter and she really loves to draw.
Why did she decide to start fundraising?
I had come across a feature about a woman from Nigeria who, as a child, had to work in order to go to school, whilst earning only 5 cents per day. She would go to school until the money ran out and then go back to work. When I told Emma about this it seemed so very unfair and sad to her, especially when she knew she needed 10 of those coins just to buy a bottle of water at the school canteen. She immediately asked what she could do to help. Initially she thought of selling lemonade in the park in order to raise money (as we had done when she was around 4 years old to teach her the value of money and donation – she got to save one third, spend a third and donate a third). Together we came up with the idea of a run, something that would raise a lot more money to help children because it was challenging and difficult for her to do.
It’s incredibly impressive that Emma is doing so much for others less fortunate than herself at such a young age. What drives her to do this?
Emma knows that she is lucky to be able to go to school (even though she still complains about homework), and to do all the extra activities she does without having to think about where the money comes from or whether she’d be able to eat instead. She loves spending time with her friends at school, doing different activities and learning new things, she believes all kids should be able to do the same. This is the very first time she has thought about or decided to do something on such a scale. The run will happen just after she turns 7 years old and I believe it is something she will end up doing annually. Quite a few of her friends are coming out to support and run with her, so besides being a really good cause it will be a whole lot of fun; something which I’m sure will stay with her for many years to come.
Why did she choose to join The Education Club and fundraise for Hope for Children?
There are many aspects of need, but since Emma had a big change in her life, starting first grade, the story about children not being able to do the same struck a chord. So what better thing to raise money for than education? We researched charities we would like to support and came across Hope for Children, it seemed a perfect fit. We love how international and diverse it is.
How vital do you think Education is to a child’s development?
Education should be an integral part of any child’s life. From the very basic reason of acquiring knowledge to social and economic development of the individual and its country. We grow stronger with knowledge and we learn to cooperate with each other and work in teams. We question, challenge and change ourselves and the world around us and that is all anyone can ask for if we are to develop further and improve our surroundings. But besides the global effect of having more educated people; children are little sponges. They are perfect specimens for soaking in knowledge and developing their mental, physical and motor skills. The earlier you start the better and every year, every month counts with children. They will learn anything you choose to expose them to. There is no boundary to what they can learn and there should be no limit.
Would you recommend that others join The Education Club?
I would definitely recommend others join The Education Club. Having an education is a right for any human being, we should do all we can to support it and help it be the reality for every child.