By Ayla Tarasofsky
We are proud to introduce our youngest ever columnist for Voice At The Table. Ayla Tarasofsky is definitely a name to watch. She is a formidable and ambitious teenager who is grabbing the digital bull by the horns for a cause that is already changing the world and making education more accessible for all young people. This is Ayla’s personal experience of embracing the digital market.
My name is Ayla, I am 15 years old and I work at Hope3g.com, a start-up educational tech company, as the Youth Director of HR. It sounds crazy to say, because a few months ago I didn’t even know what HR stood for let alone how to manage my own department. My friend brought me into the office one day to say “Hi” to everybody, but by the end of that day I had already filmed my introduction for the website and cancelled my trip to Italy because I realised how this was really going to change my life and the world of education.
A big fear of mine is getting in front of a camera and speaking, but after many takes and very sweaty palms, I have grown more confident than I had ever expected. Public speaking is only one of the many things I have learnt since starting as a Director. Within my first month, I reviewed hundreds of CVs to find potential candidates to interview to join the company. I also helped make sure that the selection process was inclusive to all races, regions and genders. Equal Rights is something I really believe in and I wanted to make sure we were as diverse as possible. Hope3g.com has given me a glimpse into the future and how mine might turn out in the tech world. I have realised the importance of organisation, confidence and independence, which has not only helped me at work, but at school and my day-to-day life.
We all know that digital technology is extremely important, playing a massive role in our lives today. This is why we want to use technology to bring quality education to more children all over the world, especially areas that can’t afford a good one. You’d think someone would have already come up with this, but who better to create an app for kids than kids themselves? Technology is our present and future and we believe that the educational system has not caught up with how kids learn best. We want to use tech to help kids learn in a way that they will really enjoy and really benefit from - meaning not just in a classroom. Well that is what we are trying to do, awesome right?
My life has changed so much from this experience in the best way possible but hopefully it will change many other children’s lives too, whether it is from working at the start-up business or through the effect Hope3g.com will have on them.
To find out more about Hope3g.com please follow the links: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53985966