Humans of CBS AID: Anna

Anna has been a part of CBS AID from its beginning. She has started as a member of the marketing team but nowadays takes care of our events, together with Emma and Linh.

I am happy to be a part of this organization and my team mainly because it enables me to express my values and hopes I have for our society. It is my way of contributing to something I truly believe in. Primary education is the most fundamental right of every child and the incubator of the next generation of researchers, innovators and policy-makers. Cultivating their values in accordance with the environment and stimulating their curiosity about nature and concern for the health of the planet, we can shape the lives of future generations.

Thus, the Event team aims to carry out CBS AID’s vision through the events we host. In tight teamwork, we create different concepts for a vibrant scope of events to have in our calendar. Most often, we must consider both the engagement with students joining our events and the attractiveness for partner companies who sponsor things like promotion materials, food and beverages, gifts or venues. Our task is to find the perfect match of entertainment, education on our project and space for fundraising which is a real puzzle making but always a very rewarding work to do.

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But why some kids in South Asia?

Because by 2050, continents like Asia and Africa will hold as many as 90 percent of the world’s youth. Majority of all the next generations will soon live in the developing countries and that is why the focus on education in countries like Bangladesh with a population of 165 million people, is crucial.

The world’s population has grown rapidly over the last 70 years, from around 2.5 billion in 1950 to more than 7 billion today, and despite the fact that we are wealthier and healthier than ever before, there is a great concern that comes with the risk of overpopulation. If the next generations follow in our footsteps in modifying the environment to fit our needs, they will face the effects of climate change even stronger than we do, today. On one hand, in decades from now, millions of people that are living in poverty will be especially vulnerable to natural disasters, water shortages, land degradation or shocks in food production. On the other hand, we can see an enormous economic boom and a globally emerging middle class. People who have lifted themselves out of poverty are wealthy enough to live their lives to the standards of middle-class societies. But will they learn to enjoy them more responsibly? How can we make sure they won’t follow the path of our lifestyles?

We can’t, but this is where I bet on education. Climate change is in large part a human-induced problem and I believe providing our youth with access to quality education is essential for humanity to be able to tackle it and mitigate. And although we don’t know if the future generations will foster a society of citizens with values and skills to manage natural resources sustainably, by providing them with quality education we ensure a strong foundation to guide them along, the right way.  

Sebastian Scheidt