World Education improves the quality of life through education for half a million children and adults in 20 countries. World Education's programs promote individual and collective change: The training programs improve adult education, help displaced peoples, stem the tide of HIV, and reduce violence through conflict resolution. How do they do it? World Education is a leader in building the skills, knowledge and resources of local groups so they can accomplish their missions effectively.
World Education uses experiential and engaging teaching techniques to help people and organizations develop skills that build on the learners' context (cultural, linguistic, geographic, and economic), and include vital information about life and livelihoods—health, agriculture, small business development—that learners can put to immediate use.
Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States. Working in concert with private, public, and nongovernmental organizations, World Education initiatives support effective local management and promote partnerships between local organizations.
Basic Education: In many of its current programs in the United States, Asia and Africa, World Education takes lessons learned from non-formal and out-of-school education programs and applies them to formal education activities to improve the quality and relevance of education. Experiential learning is replacing rote learning methods. Learning is taking place outside the traditional classroom.
Capacity Building: One of World Education's hallmarks is helping technical experts understand the learning needs of less formally educated practitioners and apply that knowledge to design and evaluate training programs.
Child Labor and Trafficking: Since 2002, World Education has been using education to address abusive forms of child labor. The International Labor Organization defines child labor as "work situations where children are compelled to work on a regular basis to earn a living for themselves and their families, and as a result are disadvantaged educationally and socially; where children work in conditions that are exploitative and damaging to their health and to their physical and mental development; where children are separated from their families, often deprived of educational and training opportunities; where children are forced to lead prematurely adult lives."
Civil Society Development: In many parts of the world, grassroots associations demonstrate evidence of democracy at work, mobilizing citizens to take charge of their own development. World Education promotes and strengthens indigenous organizations, particularly at the community level. Community organizations include parent associations, village health committees, local AIDS committees, and women's savings and credit clubs.
Girls' and Women's Education: World Education has a long history of successfully working with local partners to design, execute, manage and evaluate participatory, community-based initiatives to advance the conditions of girls and women. World Education's programs help girls enroll and stay in school and help women gain access to or create new educational, financial, and social resources in their communities. World Education programs help girls and women improve their own lives, the lives of their families and the conditions in their communities. For parents - and especially mothers - this means creating conditions that ensure their daughters have equal access to basic education, are able to make informed decisions about their futures, and are able to protect themselves from trafficking, sexual exploitation, HIV and AIDS, for example.
HIV and AIDS: World Education, Inc., brings 50 years of domestic and global leadership building the skills, abilities and resources of individuals, communities, local institutions, and societies to the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Literacy and Health: In the U.S. and elsewhere, the link between low literacy and poor health has been well established. World Education has been at the forefront of equipping low literacy adults with the vital health information through innovative programs that combine literacy with health World Education has found that introducing knowledge and strategies for good health into literacy programs is an effective method of reaching those most at risk for poor health and other damaging consequences of poverty.
Microenterprise: World Education brings a strong history of successfully applying its participatory institution-building methodology to microfinance and small business enterprises sector. World Education programs help disadvantaged women and men create opportunities for greater economic security for themselves and their families. By working with non-governmental organizations, micro-finance institutions, credit unions, and business support organizations, World Education helps people and organizations build sound financial systems that support communities, local associations, and entrepreneurs. WEI has experience working with partner financial and business organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.
Skills Training for Youth: Helping to bridge the gap between what is taught and what skills are necessary for employment, World Education creates training programs and curricula that equip young people with meaningful employment skills reflecting the their social, cultural, and economic realities.
Societies in Transition: A staggering number of local communities in Asia, Africa and the United States are struggling with the devastating effects of social, political and economic hardships. World Education's grassroots approach has been an effective method for helping communities transition into more functional and independent societies. Instead of viewing the societal structure from the top down, they strengthen local non-governmental organizations and institutions that encourage people to actively participate in civic initiatives. Equally, World Education links local communities with regional and national policymakers to ensure that government meaningfully and effectively responds to local needs and helps to stabilize societies in transition. Through the participatory approach, they help communities achieve tangible goals which lead to better economic opportunities, stronger youth development, conflict resolution, peaceful reconstruction, and overall improvement in the living conditions of people and families in transitioning societies.
Strengthening Literacy: World Education strengthens literacy systems in partnership with local communities, non-governmental organizations, and governments in Africa, Asia, and the United States. They work with teachers and programs to help youth and adults improve their functional literacy and numeracy and/or English language skills. They train teachers, administrators, and community leaders in proven academic approaches and share research findings that can improve instructional quality and strengthen education sector policy and planning. They also identify and support potential leaders within the literacy community and strive to expand public-private partnerships in support of education. Whether they work with individuals or organizations, they seek to build systems that advance the entire field.
Support for Refugees and Displaced Persons: World Education brings together various groups and factions to support conflict-resolution and reconciliation efforts. To avoid duplication of services in complex emergency situations, they encourage collaboration among the varied organizations providing support services to refugees and displaced populations. World Education has been involved in assistance programs for refugees and displaced people since the early 1980s and the programs have evolved over time to include education, training and support services to governments, NGOs, and community groups engaged in reconstruction and development in the aftermath of civil conflict and war. Through the Consortium, which currently comprises World Education and World Learning, they respond to the needs and concerns identified directly by the leaders of refugee and displaced communities and involve those leaders in all aspects of decision making and project implementation.
Sustainable Agriculture: World Education promotes sustainable agriculture and natural resource management within rural farming communities by providing training and technical support to farmers. Sustainable agriculture is an approach to agriculture that is ecologically sound, economically viable, and contributes to social justice in farming communities. Natural resource management is a way to lessen the exploitation and use of natural resources without losing their function and value over time. World Education's approach is to train farmers in how to conduct their own ecological experiments so that they may develop appropriate methods to increase productivity in their farming systems while simultaneously reducing environmental degradation and health risks.
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