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CFC spotlights education

Early childhood learning is one critically important aspect of education.

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai

The Combined Federal Campaign uses this quote from the youngest laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize to introduce the second cause of the week for the 2021-22 campaign: education.

The brave young Pakistani’s past is testament to how high the hurdles are for so many. And her brief statement elegantly sums up just how little is needed to change lives and, indeed, the world.

The interpretation of “education” for the campaign’s purposes is broad. There are the areas one might expect — early education and STEM, for example — as well as some that are less obvious.

Educational infrastructure is one. The dire physical conditions of too many schools hinder learning and even threaten students’ health. Continuing education is another. The desire to learn doesn’t end at any particular age.

Vocational training, an area that has been badly neglected in recent decades, is yet another.

If you are unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

Under “Donors” on the home page, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Education.” Page after page of education-related charities can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the second in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: housing and shelter.