Yayasan Anak Anak Bangsa (YPAB) is a nonprofit focused on providing equitable, quality education to students in Indonesia, with a specific focus on youth who have dropped out of or at risk of leaving school. Prior to the pandemic, their work was done at Community Learning Centers—safe spaces staffed by teachers and volunteers where students could connect and learn.
When the pandemic hit, and everything moved virtual overnight, YPAB found themselves challenged to continue engaging students in interesting lessons remotely.
Rizal Arryadi, a Corporate Citizenship Community Leader and principal sales consultant at Oracle (pictured above), who regularly leads Oracle Volunteering projects with YPAB, saw these challenges as opportunities and jumped in to help. To make sure students still had access to fun and engaging lessons, Rizal called on the Oracle Volunteering community to help. Volunteers from all over the world stepped up to practice English with students and share stories about their local community and culture. Additionally, Volunteers are leading virtual workshops to teach students how to code.
Every August and September, we invite employees to Focus on Education and volunteer to support students, local schools, and education-focused nonprofits. In this time of unprecedented adaptation in education, we’re especially dedicated to helping all learners meet the moment. With the initiative going virtual, this year provides new ways for employees to support learning at school, online, on the job, and beyond.
Like Rizal, Oracle Volunteers around the world already have a number of virtual projects lined up to support Focus on Education. In Colorado, employees are gearing up for a remote school supply drive. In France, employees will be delivering virtual lessons to grade school students on the importance of completing their education. In the UK and India, employees will host webinars for students exploring careers in technology. These are just a few projects employees have planned, and we’re excited to see other creative ways Oracle Volunteers get involved.
Our commitment to education extends beyond volunteering. In fact, education is Oracle’s largest area of philanthropic investment. In FY20, Oracle Giving, the Oracle Education Foundation, and other internal groups donated millions of dollars to support education organizations across eight countries. Our Oracle Giving grantees are working to address some of the most important issues in education—from closing the digital divide to increasing gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fields. We also invite employees to amplify their impact by making a donation to their favorite education-focused nonprofit through our matching gifts program.
This year’s Focus on Education initiative will also give special attention to our many employees at home with their children. To this end, we’re highlighting resources that support remote learning, including Oracle Academy’s Workshop in a Box, designed to engage students in interactive coding and computer science activities. Additionally, many of our favorite organizations are providing digital tools and resources to help students, parents, and educators navigate new challenges in learning. Here are some ways to access these resources:
Recognizing that education is a lifelong process that extends beyond the classroom and beyond childhood, we’ve expanded the scope of the initiative to support employees’ learning. From designing games for good with the Oracle Education Foundation to learning about Unconscious Bias with Oracle Diversity and Inclusion, there are countless ways for employees to be part of Focus on Education.
Stay tuned to our blog as we highlight creative projects, spotlight our education grantees, and share employee perspectives during Focus on Education. Follow us on Twitter at @ORCLCitizenship and #OracleVolunteers to learn more.