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In observation of International Day of Education (January 24, 2021), The West Team has put together a list of educational apps, local educational charities and educational volunteering opportunities that you may be interested in.

Educational Apps

TED – If you love to learn new things, this is the app to download for the times you don’t know what to watch. You will find a plethora of educational, inspirational and entertaining short videos from TED conferences all over the world. From how to build a business that lasts a 100 years to why people believe they can’t draw, find it all here. This app also gives access to TED Podcasts you can listen to while on the road.

DUOLINGO – Spend as little as 20 minutes a day on this app. It’s virtual flashcards will help you improve your language skills through various exercises of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

GOOGLE EARTH – Wanderlust has never been more real for those of us who love to travel and explore. Use this app to explore any location in the world or take a quiz and learn more about what the earth has to offer. This is a wonderful educational tool for culture and travel.

Educational Charities in Ottawa

Education Foundation of Ottawa – The Education Foundation of Ottawa is here to ensure that every child’s critical needs are met by giving students the essentials they need to make anything possible. They help by giving children the tools they need for success like nutritious food, school supplies, and the opportunity to take part in meaningful activities.

Lotus Centre for Special Music Education – Lotus Centre is unique in offering music lessons by teachers who specialize in working with students with special needs. They work with students of all ages with exceptionalities and are dedicated to providing the best possible music education for students of all abilities and across many diagnoses.

Black History Ottawa Corporation – Black History Ottawa (BHO) is a registered Canadian charity with a mandate to advance education by increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of, and carrying out research in the history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent. 

Volunteering Opportunities in Ottawa

Ottawa Network for Education – The Ottawa Network for Education partners with all four school boards and works side-by-side with teachers to meet the complex needs of our children and youth in both English and French. No other community organization has the same reach and ability to deliver much-needed programs to schools across the region. 

The Canadian Red CrossThe Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network. Their mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Boys & Girls club of OttawaThe Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides children and youth with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and FREE access to life-changing programs that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. Their volunteer opportunities are designed to create an experience that is rewarding to the volunteer, to the organization and, most importantly, children and youth in Ottawa.

About this celebration: In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly put into effect the observance of International Day of Education on January 24th, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development. International days are “occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.” 

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