Lewis Hamilton has partnered with #TOGETHERBAND to shine a light on the global education crisis.
Lewis Hamilton is determined to ensure no child gets left behind in the race of life by not having access to a quality education. The F1 champion has scaled the heights of his own sport and is using his superstar status to give kids across the globe a boost as they seek to achieve their dreams.
Hamilton, who has been open about his struggles with dyslexia as a youngster, has partnered with #TOGETHERBAND to help promote the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals.
And the 35-year-old is focussed on helping improve educational standards across the planet to ensure children don’t stall on the starting grid.
“Everyone, no matter where they’re from or the colour of their skin, should have access to a quality education,” Hamilton said.
“Shockingly there are still millions of children globally who don’t have access to schools and education and this needs to change.”
Hamilton recently paid a visit to Alperton Community School in London to help inspire the next generation as they embark on their own journeys through life.
“Education is Plan A, always – but there’s a lot of kids around the world, who don’t have the opportunities that you guys have,” Hamilton told students.
Hamilton, who has taken a vocal role in championing the Black Lives Matter movement, is far from reluctant to talk about the battles he faced growing up.
And in a recent interview the Mercedes driver stressed the importance of determination when it comes to achieving personal goals.
“It’s always important to follow your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem,” Hamilton said, when asked what he’d tell a young version of himself.
“When I was a kid, the idea of me becoming a Formula 1 driver was crazy. I was very fortunate that my dad encouraged me to chase my dreams and never give up.
“I’ve never had a quitting mindset and that’s part of the reason I’m where I am today. But there have been many difficult moments.
“I remember coming home from school, super excited to go karting, and my dad having to tell me that we didn’t have enough money to go that week. The other kids at the track didn’t have those worries.”
Hamilton fears, though, that gaining access to motorsport has become harder and he’s eager to play a key role in reversing that trend.
“If we don’t make the effort to create pathways to give those from different backgrounds a chance, we will all be to blame,” Hamilton said.