Looking back and looking forward…

As the new year gets underway, we reflect on some of our highlights from 2016 and take a look at what’s in store for UWS in 2017.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, more children than ever before attended a UWS  school in 2016. Here are some of our highlights from last year:


13,000 students have enrolled in a UWS school since 2009. These children are from some of the poorest communities in the world, where it is likely they would never otherwise see the inside of a classroom.


At the end of 2016, more than 10,000 children were learning to read, write and count in a UWS school each day.


We opened 24 schools in 2016, meaning 63 communities now benefit from their own UWS Community School, as well as access to latrines and clean water. There are currently a further 6 schools  in development.


3 countries have been reached. Our first school in Nepal officially opened in May 2016, meaning we now have operational schools in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.


150 community teachers have undergone training and are now working alongside government teachers in their local UWS Community School.


We partnered with more than 40 schools last year, meaning more than 100 schools in 18 countries are now paired with a UWS Community School. Students at these Partner  Schools have been fundraising  and learning about the importance of education.


5 United World Kindergartens opened last year as part of a pilot pre-primary education project. This will be developed in 2017.

Plans for 2017

With your support, here are some of the things we hope to achieve in 2017:


Globally, there are an estimated 61 million primary-aged children who  are out of school. A huge proportion of these live in rural areas. We are aiming to have enrolled at least 20,000 children in UWS schools by the end of 2017, transforming the lives of more than 100 communities in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.


Building on progress made in 2016, this year we’ll continue to develop the quality of the education we provide, as well as extending our reach. We’re working with our teams to improve teaching and resources across our schools, as well as build student attendance and community engagement.


As part of this, our community teachers will continue to attend regular capacity building and monitoring sessions. Our teams will work with them on more interactive and child-centred teaching methods to ensure the lessons we provide are as effective and engaging as possible.


The support we received in 2016 was inspiring. In particular, we closed our Transforming 50k Lives Campaign, signed a 3-year agreement with Educate A Child and held our biggest event to date. This year, we’ll continue to build and diversify our fundraising, whilst developing the exciting relationships established over the past few years.


More UWS Community Schools means more Partner Schools, and in 2017 we’ll continue to work with students around the world. Specifically, we will be developing our Global Citizenship Programme, and working to better support students in their philanthropy.

We look forward to updating you on our progress as we work to transform the lives of thousands more children this year.