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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!

Michael Dermer: Empowering One Million Entrepreneurs to Start or Grow a Business

Michael Dermer: Empowering One Million Entrepreneurs to Start or Grow a Business
Michael: Glad to be with you, Spiffy! For starters, I believe everyone has potential. Not everyone has opportunity, however. Entrepreneurial skills are no longer “nice to have.” They are essential to individuals realizing their potential, overcoming systemic challenges, and leading more fulfilling lives. The Lonely Entrepreneur's mission is to empower one million entrepreneurs with free access to the knowledge, tools, and ongoing support they need to start or grow a business. We do this by providing them with free access to The Lonely Entrepreneur's platform—called The Learning Community—which is a one stop shop for the knowledge, tools, and support every entrepreneur needs.