Uber extends its commitment to the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by offering 1 million rides to teachers around the world to and from vaccination appointments to support the reopening of schools and to protect teachers and their communities.
As a member of the Global Education Coalition, Uber worked with UNESCO and its partners during the first wave of COVID-19 to deliver meals to the hardest hit students in countries such as the UK, Kenya, Mexico and Colombia.
With cases of COVID-19 still rising around the world, and many schools either fully or partially closed, Uber and UNESCO are extending their partnership.
Together, Uber and UNESCO aim to remove transportation as a barrier to accessing vaccinations for teachers around the world as and when governments allow local teachers to get vaccinated.
“We look forward to building on this extended partnership with UNESCO, harnessing the power of the Uber platform to help connect teachers with vaccines, as we all work together to help end this pandemic, “ adds General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Frans Hiemstra.
“The ongoing effects of the pandemic are being felt by teachers and families around the world. We are committed to supporting teachers return to classrooms safely,” said the UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education,Stefania Giannini. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Uber to provide rides to teachers to access vaccinations as these become available; this will make a meaningful difference for many educators and school communities around the world and help children get back to learning in classrooms as soon as possible.”
The 1 million rides are part of Uber’s commitment to provide 10 million free or discounted rides to help make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine. These efforts follow Uber’s Move What Matters initiatives which saw Uber partner with organisations around the world to offer free meals or rides to frontline workers, delivery of essential medicine to homebound patients and food parcels to those most vulnerable. This included a partnership with domestic violence organisations to provide 50,000 free rides, across the globe, to shelters and safe spaces. In South Africa, Uber partnered with Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development.
The 1 million rides for teachers will be available for teachers in the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, UK, USA. Uber and UNESCO will partner with local NGOs, unions, and government bodies to distribute free rides to teachers if and when they’re eligible for vaccinations.