In 2008, Serena Williams went to Africa to launch The Serena Williams Secondary School. Building on her work on behalf of youth, the tennis star is now helping to bring more educational opportunities to students in Asia.
According to Look to the Stars, UNICEF launched their Schools for Africa campaign in 2004 and improved education for 5 million African students. Williams has now helped kick off their Schools for Asia campaign which will bring education to disadvantaged students in South and East Asia.
The tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said, “Schools for Asia [will] provide quality education to millions of children. Millions of children around the world don’t have [access to education]. They’re too poor or live too far away. Maybe they need to work to help support their family. Or it’s because of conflict or discrimination.”
The program looks to provide primary education throughout the world and promote gender equality and empowerment of young women. Students will be provided with safe schools, education about health and life skills, and encouragement to stay in school.
Williams says, “Quality education is essential for development. It provides the knowledge, skills and confidence children need to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their countries.”
Serena isn’t just supportive of students around the globe. She is also lending a helping hand to sister Venus. The two made big news recently when Venus switched to a raw vegan diet to ease illness symptoms and Serena joined her to show support.