Remember your childhood dreams? I don’t know about you, but I wanted to be a famous singer and actor, and while that didn’t quite work out as I thought it would, life is pretty sweet. After all, my early dreams lead me to the next, and so on.
So, while I know that not all dreams come true, I do believe it’s paramount for children to dream, and dream big!
Sadly, around the world today, many children have lofty aspirations, however, for the more than 260 million children who do not get to go to school, many obstacles stand in the way of achieving their dreams. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and Canadians can help make a real difference.
It all starts with a simple piece of chalk.
Children Believe – a charity that has helped more than one million children around the world overcome barriers to education and other life essentials – has launched “Chalkboards for Change”, a campaign to inspire affirmative action and to help children everywhere live and dream fearlessly.
For those of you not yet aware, Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, they have brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, they are driven by a shared belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
So what are you waiting for? Share Your Dreams, Canada
Canadians are invited to spark change by sharing their childhood dreams by writing them on a chalkboard – a symbol of education and a catalyst for change.
Up until 5:00 pm on April 15, Canadians can share their childhood dreams with the hashtag #ChalkboardsforChange on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or the childrenbelieve.ca website, as well as by emailing email@example.com or through larger-than-life chalkboards at public events in malls, including:
March 11-13, 2020 at Calgary’s Chinook Centre
March 25-27, 2020 at the Halifax Shopping Mall
“Whether they live in Canada or abroad, all children have dreams for their future, and Children Believe wants every child to feel they can achieve those dreams,” says Dave Wilson, Interim-CEO, Children Believe. “Chalkboards for Change illustrates how education can help propel dreams into reality. We urge everyone to come together, share their childhood dreams, and join our mission to empower children to live and dream fearlessly.”
Canadians can join with Children Believe to personally make a difference in a child’s life. Childhood dreams collected online and through community events, will be shared with children and youth living in Children Believe’s global communities, through special events inspiring them to dream big.
Adults who share their childhood dreams at a community event, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or online through Chalkboards for Change at childrenbelieve.ca will have a chance to win a trip for two to a Children Believe community to witness the charity’s work in action. They’ll also be invited to participate in a special community event inspiring children to pursue their dreams.
So share your dreams today and hopefully help a child in need to live their goals tomorrow.