Stansted brothers Oscar and Jacob Vickers join youth board of Covid-19 learning platform HOPE
Two young Stansted brothers are part of a crack team of children behind a free digital learning platform for youngsters across the world.
Jacob Vickers, 9, and Oscar, 11, have joined the youth board of directors of hope3g.com (HOPE), an online education resource to take the classroom into homes during the Covid-19 crisis.
The children, aged 9 to 17, have secured the donation of an office building in central London, recruited more than 2,000 graduates from top universities worldwide, partnered with magic-circle legal firms and the world’s largest investment banks and accountants, and worked tirelessly to build a website.
They say: “The HOPE mission is a collaborative initiative driven by children, made possible by adults.”
While lockdown restrictions are easing and schools across the country have resumed teaching all pupils this month for the first time since March, the HOPE board believes the simple-to-use, drag-and-drop subject scheduling system it has created remains relevant both in the UK and elsewhere across the globe where the pandemic is still raging.
If a second wave emerges in the UK or local lockdowns and individual school closures occur, families like the Vickers can turn to the platform to harmonise home working for parents and home schooling for children.
Jacob, a pupil at Manuden Primary, and Oscar, who has just joined Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth, combined studies at home during lockdown with mum Pamela, a payroll manager, and dad Steven, who works in IT, with working on hope3g.com.
While Oscar signed up as the sports content director, Jacob said: “I'm the content director at HOPE so I approve and disapprove of the content for the website. This has been really fun, which is good because I thought home schooling was boring because I couldn’t see my friends.
“I became involved with the project through one of my dad’s friends, who introduced me to Louie [the youth board director], and I wanted to be involved because it was an exciting project that would help make home schooling easier and more fun.”
He has resumed classes at Manuden but said: “I’m worried that with the virus we might have to go back to home schooling, which is why hope3g.com is so good. It was really hard to do home schooling during lockdown.”
He is with HOPE for the long haul: “I don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up, but I want to do something that will help people. Maybe I’ll still be working with HOPE!
“I would love to meet and work with other children in Bishop's Stortford. If they'd like to join the board of directors they should because you don't need any experience and you can help us change the world. We really want other kids to join in with our mission here at HOPE.”
Jacob had a message for world leaders: “They have done a good job recently but it would be very helpful if they could help us with HOPE.
“People want to hear what they have to say so they should put lessons on the website and teach us how they do their job. I also think they should get involved because they'll be helping to deal with the virus that has made things very hard for everyone all over the world, especially children like me trying to learn.”