Introducing United World Schools
Read a short introduction to UWS
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 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.
Thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors, UWS Padol School is bursting at the seams with students! Luckily, the Thomas Cook Children's Charity stepped in, supporting construction of a brand new classroom in UWS Padol School.
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.
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.
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
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:
18,000 children have had the opportunity to attend a UWS school since 2008
525 teachers receive regular training, supported by UWS
102 UWS school development projects across Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar
$1 Operating costs remaining low; most schools cost less than US$1 per child per week
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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
“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
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 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, 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.
“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
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
“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
We transform lives
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.
Our Child Protection Policy
All UWS staff, volunteers and partners of UWS have a common commitment to the prevention of child abuse and the protection of children.
UWS Child Protection Policy
The UWS team is commited to action and improving educational provision in every single area we work. We encourage others to take action, get involved, and make their own impact.