FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Claire Podulka, ThinkCERCA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Henderson, Nothing But Nets, email@example.com, 202-739-2782
CHICAGO (October 24, 2014) — ThinkCERCA and the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced today their Social Entrepreneur Education Partnership, which aims to promote social entrepreneurship among K-12 students through the stories of real-world social entrepreneurs.
ThinkCERCA is a school-wide educational resource that helps kids read critically and develop effective arguments and critical skills in career and college readiness. Nothing But Nets is the largest global grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa. The program will include short online stories to educate students and inspire them to make a difference in their communities and around the world.
In partnering with the Nothing But Nets campaign, ThinkCERCA will expand its educational content to share stories of social entrepreneurs around the globe. Based on these stories, students will complete lessons that will help them build the skills necessary to recognize and solve problems in their own communities.
The program will feature, in addition to Nothing But Nets, a wide range of social entrepreneurs and enterprises, including Kathleen Wright of Piece & Co., who connects brands with artisans in order to provide sustainable employment for women in the developing world; and SwipeSense, which provides hospital workers with portable hand-hygiene products to stop the spread of infection.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign on this global initiative,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, CEO of the ThinkCERCA team as well as a career educator, author and former director of curriculum and instruction for the Chicago Public Schools. “These inspiring real-world stories of social entrepreneurship reflect our focus on collaboration, literacy, technology, society and culture. The lessons also utilize our CERCA framework, which will help students analyze the content, get inspired and apply what they’ve learned. It goes beyond education; it’s also about taking action.”
To encourage students to integrate the lessons into their own lives, ThinkCERCA will hold a contest in November, challenging students to think critically about a problem in their community or anywhere in the world and empowering them to make a positive impact. Contest participants will create and submit a pitch for a social enterprise that would provide a solution to the problem and work toward change. All entries are due by December 5, 2014 and more details can be found at https://www.thinkcerca.com/socentchallenge.
ThinkCERCA is a school-wide online educational resource designed to prepare students for career and college by helping them build analytical reading and writing skills across subject matter. ThinkCERCA graduated from the inaugural class of the Impact Engine Accelerator in December 2012 and won the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge in July 2013. To learn more, please visit www.ThinkCERCA.com.
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to help deliver more than 7.5 million bednets to families in need. Campaign partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, Junior Chamber International, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bednet, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.