2020 was a year of enforced change for most of the world and Netra Venkatesh, like so many others, went from grabbing her school bag and heading for school every day to sitting at a computer, separated from her schoolmates. It seemed to her, however, that remote learning had a huge and untapped potential. It could be deployed in a way that might be useful to other young people beyond the skills and subjects that are traditionally taught in school. “Life skills are something you learn with experience when entering the workforce and professional environments,” she explains. “Across the developing world, I’ve noticed there are a lack of opportunities for young women to enter such spaces, so gaining new skill sets isn’t easy.”
Determined and passionate about gender equality, she founded SpunkGo Social Media for Good, an all-girls student organisation that holds life skill webinars for young women across the developing world. Today it has twenty chapters, across thirty countries, such as Kenya, Malawi, Bangladesh and India, and boasts a member base of over 5000 young women. Last year she was named the Under 16 Canon Young Champion of the Year at the annual But being the founder and chief changemaker of an educational organisation is an incredible learning curve in its own right. So, what has Netra learned along the way? .