At Oracle, we are committed to giving back in many ways. Our philanthropic efforts support environmental and sustainability initiatives, help fight poverty and disease, and promote human rights and social justice causes around the world.
But we understand that all those issues are underpinned by education. The eager and talented youth of today need to be in possession of the technological, social, emotional, creative and cognitive skills that give them a sense of efficacy and confidence in their ability to solve the problems of today and tomorrow. These skills are the foundation on which a better world can be built.
That’s why I feel particularly proud of Oracle's Focus on Education initiative, which runs every August through September and encourages Oracle employees to participate in volunteering opportunities around the world with schools and education-focused nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. Every year, Oracle Volunteers lend their time and energy to advancing education by helping kids learn how to read, code, empathize, and become the problem-solvers and creators of tomorrow.
Their work is especially important now. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted kids everywhere in profound and sometimes detrimental ways. Over the last year-and-a-half, children have been pulled out of schools and socially isolated, not only from their peers, but also from vital resources normally accessed at school – from internet connectivity and devices to school lunch and counseling. For economically challenged families, it's made it especially hard to support children's learning.
Here are some ways Oracle Volunteers are helping:
I am grateful to our global crew of dedicated Oracle Volunteers for stepping up and lighting up the young hearts and minds that will brighten the future.
Colleen Cassity is the Vice President of Oracle Social Impact and the Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation