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Yasmine Sherif: Empowering Through Education, Those Left Furthest Behind

Yasmine Sherif: Empowering Through Education, Those Left Furthest Behind
Yasmine: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the United Nations’ Global Fund for Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises. The greatest challenge is the number of 222 million children and adolescents whose education is disrupted in armed conflicts, climate disasters, and refuge versus the amount of funding required in order to provide a holistic, child-centered, quality education. ECW's results thus far number nearly 7 million children and youth who have been reached, in addition to over 30 million due to COVID-19. However, the big number of children and adolescents affected, the growing forced displacement, and protracted conflicts are not matched with the significant financially scaled-up resources.

Melissa Cash: Playing with a Real Playroom of Toys—Only in a Digital Space!

Melissa Cash: Playing with a Real Playroom of Toys—Only in a Digital Space!
Melissa: Hi Spiffy, thanks for having me! At Pok Pok, we are developing innovative ways for kids to learn through play using technology. We make open-ended, inventive kids apps inspired by the real world that empower kids to be creative and think outside the box, like our preschool app called Pok Pok Playroom. It's a place where kids get to be creative and experiment with all sorts of open-ended activities, which helps them learn and make discoveries about the world and themselves. It's just like playing with a real playroom of toys, only in a digital space!

Dudley Raine IV: Making Classical Music Accessible to All Ages and Backgrounds

Dudley Raine IV: Making Classical Music Accessible to All Ages and Backgrounds
Dudley: Great to be here, Spiffy! Seven Hills Chamber Music is an organization that brings chamber music to audiences of all backgrounds, performing free concerts for the community of Lynchburg, Virginia, working with kids to help them compose their own music and be excited about classical music, and helping to inspire young musicians in Lynchburg.