The UWS Vision

A world in which all children have the chance to go to school.

The UWS Mission

To improve educational opportunities for some of the world’s poorest children living in remote and marginalised communities.

18,000 children in school

UWS has already brought education to more than 18,000 children who would not otherwise have had the chance to go to school.

50,000 Children in School

UWS’ medium-term goal is to reach 50,000 children and young adults, ensuring they can read, write and count.

United World Schools is dedicated to improving education for some of the world’s poorest children. We provide a free basic education to children living in remote and marginalised communities. We teach the unreached.

United World Schools is transforming the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

We invest in communities by building schools, training teachers, and delivering a free basic education.

We have a unique, scalable and sustainable model with a proven track record of success. We believe this has the potential to change even more lives in the parts of the world that need it the most.


Give today and help us transform the lives of thousands of children living in remote and marginalised communities.

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#100Schools: Transform A Life like Bishal’s

For every donation you make, a child’s life is transformed through education. As we celebrate the opening of out 100th UWS School, we also wanted to look back at the impact that your support is making on children around the world.

#100Schools: The Power of People

This week we are handing the UWS Blog baton over to Jessica, a student from United World Colleges, to tell us why she decided to shave her head to raise money for United World Schools.

Our 100th UWS school is open!

We’re celebrating the opening of our 100th UWS School!

It Takes A Village: Opening UWS Hurpa School

People are, and have always been, at the centre of what we do. For every UWS School that is built, there is a wonderful community behind it and a fantastic team doing everything they can to ensure its success.

Why we do what we do

The key numbers and what it means on the ground

59 million children have no access to a basic primary education

Of these children, 25 million are in the rural, low-income, post-conflict regions that UWS targets

At the same time international aid to basic education has been falling since 2010

And less than 1/3 of the aid is allocated to low-income countries

If all children in low income countries achieved basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty

Due to the poor provision of basic education there are 774 million illiterate adults in the world today

The Marginalised Children UWS Supports
Prospects remain bleak for some
Assembly, Jong School, Cambodia

Without a basic education, the children we work with have little chance of climbing out of the poverty they were born into

They’re stuck in a cycle of poverty, at a greater risk of malnutrition, illness and disease

Education is the key to unlocking a country’s potential for economic growth, improved health, gender equality, peace and good governance

UWS in numbers:

children have had the opportunity to attend a UWS school since 2008

teachers receive regular training, supported by UWS

UWS school development projects across Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar

Operating costs remaining low; most schools cost less than US$1 per child per week

Why is UWS different?

We work where we’re wanted and needed

UWS insist on buy-in from both the state and the local community before we start

We plan our exit from the outset

Once a school is successful and self-governing it is handed over to the local community, becoming part of the country’s education system

“Our UWS School has had a huge effect on the village. It gives us hope for the future, hope for our children and hope for our community.”

Village Elder

Katcham Village, Cambodia

“Our long term plan is clear. Once the schools are successful, self-managed and sustainable, we hand them over to the local community and state education system.”


UWS Management Team

We offer exceptional value for money investment

We work in areas where a small cost can make a big impact, providing education for as little as $1 per child per week.

We form global education partnerships to fund each school

UWS match each school with more affluent partner schools to fund the school build and ongoing support

“Having seen the schools and been personally involved, what struck me was how much is being delivered for so little – it’s one of the best value for money development opportunities I’ve ever seen.”

Sheena Pabari

UWS Volunteer and Donor

“UWS Cambodia has empowered our students to take part in something that is real… they see the difference they make, and take pride in it.”

Jon Cooper

Teacher, Red Maids' School

Our 100th UWS school is open!

We’re celebrating the opening of our 100th UWS School!

It Takes A Village: Opening UWS Hurpa School

People are, and have always been, at the centre of what we do. For every UWS School that is built, there is a wonderful community behind it and a fantastic team doing everything they can to ensure its success.

UWS Hang Svart School

The village of Hang Svart in located in the Stung Treng Province of Cambodia (GPS co-ordinates: 13’32 ’44” N 106’3 ’23″E). It’s partnered with The Falcons School for Girls.

We transform lives

Nang Ron, 10 years old

Nang Ron, 10 years old

“My mother died some years ago when she gave birth; the baby also died. Now my older sister takes care of me. My father works on the farm. My sister and I help him in the fields and look after the chicken.”

“Other families have motos, but we don’t. We save all we have for our daily life. When I learn in school I will help my father to earn money. Then I will buy my family a motorbike. I like school and I cannot wait until it starts at the end of the rainy season.”

As well as developing her own abilities, being a UWS pupil will help Nang to realise her dream of providing a motorbike for her family. By learning the skills needed to communicate and work outside of her village, Nang will be able to help her family prosper when she is older.

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