India-based social enterprise Avasarshala receives grants to grow their online offeringWe often touch on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the global economy and job market. But perhaps we don’t consider as often the pandemic’s impact on the availability of opportunities for children. How are their future prospects affected? According to the World Bank, “This different education service, over many months, has the potential of having a huge negative impact on students’ skills and economic prospects for the rest of their lives…this generation of students stand to lose an estimated $10 trillion in earnings.” They also highlight the mounting pressure for parents during the pandemic itself reinforcing that “the unique nature of the pandemic places parents as first-line responders for children’s survival, care, and learning.” One startup that’s tackling these challenges hands-on is India-based online opportunities platform Avasarshala who first crossed paths with Bridge after being selected to incubate in our Covid-19 The Leap: Solutions for Humanity cohort.
“We are rapidly moving into a skill based economy. Professional or personal development does not solely rely on education, degrees or courses that we pursue.”