This is the second time ProZ.com has hosted a charity event benefiting education programs for children in need. During the month of June, the site held four free translator training webinars to help raise funds for Concern Worldwide education programs. 72 million children around the world are not enrolled in school, and Concern Worldwide focuses on providing basic education to those who need it most. For over 30 years, this organization has been working to improve access to basic education among the poorest people in the world. Concern Worldwide currently spans 12 countries, benefiting 215,888 people last year alone.
Access to education is not only a basic human right, but also a key factor in reducing poverty and child labor in the world.
By attending the event, donating, and conducting sessions, ProZ.com translation professionals have helped to ensure that children learn basic literacy, numeracy, and life skills in school through the Concern Worldwide education programs. Concern Worldwide supports teacher training, school materials supply, and strengthening school systems. Their aim is to improve access to primary school for marginalized children throughout the world, especially among young girls.
ProZ.com trainers Anneta Vysotskaya, Irene Koukia, Gwenydd Jones, Suzanne Deliscar, and Claudia Brauer generously offered their time and experience to conduct online sessions for free in support of this cause. Four online sessions were held for freelance translators to help them in developing their skills, choosing an education program and learning how it can assist them in their careers, expanding their horizons through volunteer programs, and developing strategies to grow their businesses and stand out from the crowd.
Here is some feedback from attendees of these sessions:
“It was an amazing and brilliant training – thank you so much!”
“The content was full of many simple and concrete examples of what to do step by step in order to become a recognizable translator.”
“It was great that the presentation was well organized and was, therefore, easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your insights.”
With more than 150 registrants for each session, attendance increased sixfold in comparison with the charity event held in 2013. It is amazing how people throughout the world gathered together in support of children in need.
ProZ.com matched each donation made, and together we reached the donation drive goal. Thank you to all who contributed to this great cause. Special thanks goes to James Xia for his support of this event.
If you couldn’t participate in the charity event, or if you were unable to attend a particular session, you can still watch the webinar recordings available on ProZ.com (you need to be logged in to watch these videos):
- Starting as a freelancer in a new country
- Lifelong Education for Translators – Requirements & Options
- Is an MA in translation the right choice for me?
- Tips for Managing Long-Term or High-Volume Projects as a Freelancer
Thanks to all the trainers and attendees for their fantastic fundraising efforts which made a big difference in the lives of children! We hope to see you all at upcoming ProZ.com training sessions and charity events to be conducted in the future.