Our school partnerships scheme connects UWS Schools with more affluent schools around the world. We are proud to be partnered with over 120 schools across 19 countries. It is a long term reciprocal relationship tailored to suit you and your students, and ensures the education we offer is long lasting and economically sustainable.

We offer our School Partners the chance to connect with a specific UWS community in either Cambodia, Nepal or Myanmar. Our School Partners then have the option of 3 types of partnership:

Pioneer – build a new school for a community that can’t access any other form of education (USD $30,000)

Pathfinder – take on the running costs of an existing school in a remote community. Pathfinders cover teacher salaries, toys, books and the provision of a safe water source for the whole community (USD $10,000)

Network – contribute towards the running of an existing school (Any donation ranging from USD $1000 – $5000)

The partnership scheme is free for schools to join and all the money you raise goes directly to your chosen community. We ask all our School Partners to commit to a level that is appropriate for their school and their students, and have come up with a range of fundraising ideas to help you get started.

To arrange a conversation with our Partnerships Director, Jack Clark, contact us at [email protected].

Why Get Involved?

Our school partnerships offer benefits to students from across the education spectrum. For children in the UWS communities the benefits include access to an education, often for the first time in these village’s history, opportunity to attend school for free, access to clean water and toilets, and professional teacher training for local people.

For our Partner Schools, the partnership offers a window into the lives of children living in remote and marginalised communities, and the opportunity to witness the impact that your donation is making.  We provide:

  • Regular updates from your UWS School
  • Case studies, interviews, and research packs
  • Opportunity to visit and teach in your UWS School
  • International baccalaureate – Many of our Partner Schools use their UWS school partnership as a key element of their IB programme and CAS activities (see below)
  • Recognition of student leadership with our Global Citizenship Awards

“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

Red Maids’ School Bristol, partnered with UWS Jong School

Develop Leaders

We encourage students to take ownership of the fundraising and learn about commitment, responsibility and most importantly leadership. Our Global Citizenship Awards based on the Learn, Share & Act framework allows us to recognise and reward student commitment as well offering a flexible framework to meet the age and needs of the Partner School student.

Develop Character

Partnership with UWS aims to equip Partner School students to face a modern global world where inequality abounds. Partnership offers students the chance to take action and make a tangible difference. By taking part and seeing the improvement their actions have had on the life chances of others Partner School students develop the vital skills of empathy while combating the issues of student apathy.

Yasmin, a student at Tiffins Girls’ School, was inspired by their School Partnership to write an article on education – see what she says here.

See the impact

We provide regular updates on your UWS School but also welcome and help arrange for students, both current and alumni, to visit their UWS School to take part in teaching projects and understand the community they helped support. These are low cost trips that can offer students a chance to view and help a community that few from the West have ever visited. We also offer the opportunity for Partner School teachers to visit and teach at their UWS School on a short and longer term basis.

Bring the Curriculum Alive

A partnership with UWS can bring real educational benefits to a Partner School. We offer assemblies as well as real life case-studies that can be used in Geography, Economics, Citizenship, RE and for extended pieces of writing like the International Baccalaureate, coursework or university entrance applications.

By partnering you with a specific UWS School we offer more than just an anonymous example. Students are able to understand the background, history and culture of a very different community. They are not limited to a sample set of resources but have access to the latest images and reports from some of the most remote and poorest communities on our planet.

Stakeholder Recognition

School inspectors have praised UWS Partner Schools for their initiative and support of our charity. Parental feedback has been overwhelmingly positive citing the benefits of their children seeing effective philanthropy as well as the attractiveness of unique learning experience that a UWS partnership offers.

Chris Howarth explains the School Partnerships model:

“We believe that the education process is a 2 way thing, that the schools in the west, in the richer parts of the world can learn from schools and children here.” – Chris Howarth, our UWS Founder, describes the role that School Partnerships play in the UWS mission.

Partner School Information Pack and Case Studies

Read some case studies from our Partner Schools on how working with UWS has benefited them and the children UWS supports.

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Partner Your School Information Pack

UWS Handbook, 2017. Brochure for prospective partner schools interested in working with UWS.

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One Page Introduction to UWS

UWS School Partnership Flyer, 2017. A quick and easy to digest one page introduction to United World Schools.

Career development for teachers

How a partnership with United World Schools provides excellent CPD opportunities for teachers. View as web page

Red Maids’ Case Study

Jon Cooper of Red Maids’ School Bristol describes the positive effects partnering with UWS has had on his pupils.

Royal Guildford School Case Study

The report includes advice for new or prospective partners on how to get buy in from parents and other interested parties.

Portsmouth Grammar School Case Study

The report covers the importance of sustainability to UWS work and includes many fundraising ideas for schools.