United World Schools creates educational opportunity for children living in the world’s poorest regions. We are driven by our global mission to help reach children that do not receive even the most basic education.
We build schools and support communities by providing a free basic education for children who would otherwise go without.
United World Schools is transforming the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.
We have a unique, scalable and sustainable model that has the potential to change the face of primary education in the parts of the world that most need it.
In 2014 UWS has launched the “Transforming 50,000 Lives” campaign to expand its reach from 3,500 children in 1 country to 50,000 children across up to 5 countries over the next five years.
Why we do what we do
The key numbers and what it means on the ground
57 million children have no access to a basic primary education
Of these children, 25 million are in the rural, low-income, conflict-free 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
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 are able to attend school
locally based teachers are employed and receive regular training, supported by UWS
UWS Cambodia schools operating successfully
Operating costs remaining low; most schools cost less than US$1 per child per week
United Worlds Schools has already achieved great things
- 2006 – Chris Howarth, founder of UWS, begins working on educational provision with rural communities in Cambodia
- 2008 – UWS founded and first school built
- 2010 – 6 further schools are built, developing the UWS educational model and potential
- 2011-2013 – 7 more UWS schools up and running, securing a successful proof of concept of the educational model
- 2014 – UWS ready for expansion into Myanmar, establishing 5 schools through consultation with communities and local governments
Where UWS Is Today
- 4,000 children are able to attend school
- 18 UWS Cambodia schools operating successfully
- 45 locally based teachers are employed and receive regular training, supported by UWS
- Operating costs remaining low; most schools cost less than $1 per child per week
- The concept is proven and ready to be taken to scale and rolled out internationally in areas of need
Why is UWS different?
We have a proven, sustainable and scalable model
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.”Sitha
We offer exceptional value for money investment
We work in areas where we can make a big impact for a small outlay, 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 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
Why you should help
- UWS is transforming the lives of children in some of the poorest parts of the world by providing them with free primary education. Be part of this story.
- Working in the poorest parts of the world means we can keep our costs low whilst still achieving tremendous impact. Your money goes further.
- The UWS team has proven its educational concept, valueand scalability at a regional level. Help us take it to scale and benefit thousands more children.
- Donating at this stage will enable UWS to step up, build a highly effective, sustainable team, and help 50,000 children the next five years.
- UWS delivers a phenomenal return on your donation: primary education for each student costs $200 and would generate an incremental $33,000 over that student’s lifetime – your donations offer a social return on investment of 16,500%.
Examples of our schools
Our mission in Myanmar (Burma)
Our mission in Cambodia