The Economist Educational Foundation is an independent charity that empowers young people to have high-quality discussions about current affairs.
The digital media landscape presents an overwhelming amount of information, including plenty that is misleading or one-sided. News literacy capabilities are needed to navigate this environment and form an accurate, complete picture of the world. Unfortunately, young people often do not develop the critical literacy skills they need: only 2% of young people have the skills to know whether a news story is real or fake.
The Foundation currently reaches 4,000 teachers and 100,000 children globally. Its four-year ambition is to reach a million young people.
To help them achieve this The Economist Group has launched Miles for Minds, a fundraising challenge whereby teams and individuals are committing to walk / run / hike /swim with a goal to collectively represent the diameter of the global – 12,742km – and raise £2 per km for the Foundation.
As part of the campaign, some members of our London team are doing a 20km hike on Wednesday this week.
Please consider providing a contribution in recognition of our efforts and to help support The Economist Educational Foundation!
You can donate here on my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/economistmartin
Our team’s page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/emeapolicy
Just £4 pays for a child to have inspiring topical discussions at school for a year.
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