The Garden Pledge: Giving the Gift of Learning

Sophie Adelman, Cofounder & CEO · Wed, 15 Dec 2021

For every person who watches a Garden Talk before the end of January 2022, The Garden will donate $1 to Delta Education Collective.

At The Garden we believe that everyone, everywhere should have access to incredible learning.

That’s why we are building a global community for the curious that brings together inquisitive minds with world experts. 

Our belief in the power of learning is why we are launching The Garden Pledge in partnership with a transformational non-profit in East Africa called Delta Education Collective. This pledge will enable thousands of children in Uganda to improve the quality of their education and  spread the gift of learning even more widely around the world.

When COVID hit in 2020, Uganda closed schools indefinitely. Up to 30% of children are expected to drop out of school altogether.

The Garden Pledge

For every member who watches a live or on-demand Garden Talk between now and the end of January 2022, we will donate $1 (up to a total of $50,000), to Delta Education Collective, an incredible Ugandan nonprofit that works alongside organised communities to empower them to improve learning outcomes.

How you can help:


Head over to and pick a talk that piques your curiosity. We have a collection of on demand talks, as well as upcoming live talks.


The more people who watch talks, the more we will donate. You can forward this email (or tweet, or facebook, or chat over your garden fence….) to help spread the word and support the gift of learning.

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About Delta Education Collective

Delta Education Collective was set up in 2018 to revolutionize education, by working alongside organised communities in Uganda to empower them to improve learning outcomes.  They are united by a belief in the power of education to transform lives and the power of committed communities to solve their own challenges. 

Although access to primary education in Africa has improved significantly over the past two decades, the quality of education remains poor, squandering a huge amount of human potential and preventing millions of individuals from realising their dreams. Of the 97 million children who enter school in Sub-Saharan Africa, over one third (37 million) will reach adolescence unable to read, write, multiply, or divide. This is unacceptable if we work together. 

Delta Education Collective works with communities to empower them to create the change they wish to see themselves, which is a powerful and sustainable way to transform our world.

Why now? Preventing a lost generation 

When COVID hit in 2020, Uganda closed schools indefinitely and the country has lost more school days due to COVID school closures than any other country (84 weeks). Up to 30% of children are expected to drop out of school altogether.

One of the co-founders of DEC, Meredith Bates, is an inspiring social entrepreneur who has spent the last decade and a half in Uganda, and a school friend of our CEO. When Meredith reached out to share the work that DEC has been doing to transform lives in Uganda to revolutionise education, it was something we were excited to get behind and support with our actions & our wallets.

Together we can change the lives of millions of children by rallying behind the energising work of DEC. 

To learn more about the work of Delta Education Collective, you can watch this inspiring and heartwarming video:

Stay Curious!


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