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The Achieve Anything Program

The Malala Fund teams up with Cochlear Foundation to help those with hearing loss

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In September 2021, Malala Fund and hearing health not-for-profit Cochlear Foundation partnered to launch the ‘Achieve anything program’ with the goal of raising awareness about the barriers keeping millions of children and young people with hearing loss from accessing a quality education.

According to the World Health Organization, 34 million children around the world live with disabling hearing loss1. Without equal access to a quality education and early access to hearing healthcare and support these children may not realize their full potential. In response, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate and co-founder of Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai, called for societies and governments to prioritize hearing health across the life-course in a personal foreword for the World Health Organization’s first-ever World Report on Hearing.

Following this important step, Malala Fund and Cochlear Foundation, supported by Cochlear, sought to ensure hearing loss is not yet another reason girls, marginalized people and those who need hearing healthcare and support are left behind.

“My hope is that all girls can have equal opportunities and that we ensure a world where every girl can have access to free, safe and quality education,” said Malala Yousafzai. “Hearing loss doesn’t need to be an obstacle to education.”

If children with hearing loss do not receive hearing healthcare and support early, they often experience lower school performance, higher risk of dropping out of school, and less likelihood of accessing higher education. Ultimately, this can impact their lifelong career prospects.2  This problem is exacerbated in many parts of the world where millions of children — especially girls — already face significant barriers to education.3

Malala Fund and Cochlear Foundation are inviting children and young people with hearing loss to share their stories of personal achievement through the ‘Achieve anything program.’ This program will highlight and publicly recognize their real-world experiences of hearing loss to promote their equal rights to an education and early access to hearing healthcare and support.

Visit www.cochlearfoundation.org/achieve-anything-program to learn more about the partnership and how to submit stories to the ‘Achieve anything program’.

References 

  1. World Health Organization. Factsheet: deafness and hearing loss. Available here: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
  2. World Report on Hearing, World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/world report on hearing
  3. UNICEF, Gender equality in education benefits every child, https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education

The relationship between Malala Fund and Cochlear Foundation is described as a “partnership” for convenience and does not constitute a legal partnership, joint venture, agency, employment or any other relationship by which either party may become liable for the acts or omissions of the other.

Photo: Tess Thomas for Malala Fund

El programa «Lograr cualquier cosa»

El Malala Fund se asocia con la Cochlear Foundation para ayudar a las personas con pérdida auditiva

En septiembre de 2021, el Malala Fund y la Cochlear Foundation, una organización sin fines de lucro en favor de la salud auditiva, se asociaron para lanzar el «Achieve anything program» (programa Lograr cualquier cosa) con el objetivo de aumentar la toma de conciencia sobre las barreras que impiden que millones de niños y jóvenes con pérdida auditiva accedan a una educación de calidad.

Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, 34 millones de niños en todo el mundo tienen una pérdida auditiva discapacitante1. Sin un acceso equitativo a una educación de calidad y un acceso temprano a la atención médica auditiva y al apoyo, es posible que estos niños no desarrollen todo su potencial. En respuesta, la ganadora del premio Nobel de la Paz más joven del mundo y cofundadora del Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai, hizo un llamamiento a las empresas y a los gobiernos para que prioricen la salud auditiva a lo largo de la vida en un prólogo personal para el primer Informe Mundial sobre la Audición de la Organización Mundial de la Salud.

Tras este importante paso, el Malala Fund y la Cochlear Foundation, con el apoyo de Cochlear, se propusieron garantizar que la pérdida auditiva no sea otra razón más por la que las niñas, las personas marginadas y las que necesitan atención médica auditiva y apoyo para la audición se queden atrás.

«Mi esperanza es que todas las niñas puedan tener las mismas oportunidades y que aseguremos un mundo donde cada niña pueda tener acceso a una educación gratuita, segura y de calidad», expuso Malala Yousafzai. «La pérdida auditiva no tiene por qué ser un obstáculo para la educación».

Si los niños con pérdida auditiva no reciben una atención médica auditiva y un apoyo tempranos, a menudo muestran un desempeño escolar más bajo, y tienen un mayor riesgo de abandono escolar y menores probabilidades de acceder a la educación superior. En última instancia, puede afectar a sus perspectivas profesionales para toda la vida.2 Este problema se agrava en muchas partes del mundo, donde millones de niños, especialmente niñas, ya se enfrentan a importantes barreras para acceder a la educación.3

El Malala Fund y la Cochlear Foundation invitan a los niños y los jóvenes con pérdida auditiva a que compartan sus relatos de logros personales a través del «programa Lograr cualquier cosa». En este programa se destacarán y reconocerán públicamente sus experiencias de pérdida auditiva en la vida real para promover su igualdad de derechos a la educación y el acceso temprano a la atención médica auditiva y al apoyo.

Visite www.cochlearfoundation.org/achieve-anything-program para obtener más información sobre la asociación y cómo enviar relatos al «programa Lograr cualquier cosa».

Referencias bibliográficas 

  1. Organización Mundial de la Salud. Nota descriptiva: Sordera y pérdida de la audición. https://www.who.int/es/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
  2. Organización Mundial de la Salud. World report on hearing. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/world-report-on-hearing
  3. Gender equality in education benefits every child. https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education

La relación entre el Malala Fund y la Cochlear Foundation se describe como una «asociación» a título ilustrativo y no constituye una asociación legal, empresa conjunta, agencia, empleo o cualquier otra relación por la cual cualquiera de las partes pueda ser responsable de los actos u omisiones de la otra.

 

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