YouTube has always been just like a virtual school. It’s a place where people go to learn skills, pass on knowledge, hang out and make new friends. This week, it goes one step further with the School of YouTube. From September 8 to 12, log on to see many of your favorite YouTube stars learning or teaching something new. From trying to land a plane to teaching how to draw a stick figure, you’ll see a whole range of weird and wonderful lessons this week.
Not only is this a chance to learn and laugh, but it’s also a chance to give. The stars of the School of YouTube are asking viewers to donate to some of the millions of children living in some of the world’s poorest countries so they can afford to get an education. Many of these kids struggle for survival every day. They live on the streets, in slums or in refugee camps. Many have no time for school because they work long shifts in dangerous conditions so their families can afford to eat. Undoubtedly, going to school is the most powerful tool these children have to get out of poverty.
The School of YouTube wants your help. Proceeds raised this week will go directly to the UK charity Comic Relief and help impoverished children get an education. Even a donation of just £10 ($17) pays for an orphan to attend school for two months where he also receives a healthy meal – probably the only one he’ll have all day.
So, raise your hand if you’re ready for a lesson at the School of YouTube! In the promotional video, “Principle Ashens” implores viewers: “All we ask is if you learn a little, or laugh a little, then please consider giving a little to those for whom a little can go a long way.”