EUROPE/SPAIN - 14,000 participants in 30 countries for a virtual solidarity race in favor of the right to education

Saturday, 20 February 2021 human rights   education   solidarity   coronavirus   ngo  

Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - The singer and activist Rozalén and her sign language interpreter, Beatriz Romero, were commissioned to kick off today, in digital form, the tenth edition of the Entreculturas solidarity Race, a Jesuit NGO, which will be held virtually on February 20 and 21, as explained in the note sent to Agenzia Fides. This year 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the initiative, which aims to reaffirm the right to education, especially for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. At the same time, the NGO benefited from the participation of 10 Ambassadors of both sexes from the world of culture, sport and journalism, who supported this competition. All have the same objective: to recover the right to education for children who have been deprived of it by the pandemic.
The funds raised through registration, which has a cost of 6 euros, will go to emergency educational projects, a consequence of Covid-19, distributed in more than 38 countries as well as to 192 cooperation projects in which Entreculturas is present, accompanying more than 230,087 people. At the height of the pandemic, 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries were affected by school closures. To date, it is estimated that about 24 million students (from pre-school to higher education) have not returned to educational institutions. The educational crisis caused by Covid-19 could mean a 30-year setback in the educational progress made globally.
More than 14,000 people have registered for the initiative and the digital modality has allowed the internationalization of the race, which has participants from 30 countries around the world. Participation is open throughout the weekend for anyone who would like to experience a solidarity Saturday or Sunday. Participants have the possibility to register with a "solidarity bib": they can run 10 km or 5 km, walk 3 km or cycle 20 km. For the youngest, distances ranging from 100m to 1 km through 300 and 500m are available. After completing registration, all participants will receive an issue in their email that they can download and print. Entreculturas also asks to take a photo on the day of the race and post it on all social networks. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/2/2021)