When we put education first, we can reduce poverty and hunger, end wasted potential and look forward to stronger and better societies for all
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General
UWS wholeheartedly subscribes to the ‘Global Education First Initiative’ (GEFI), a new UN global initiative that believes that educating children is key to ensuring a country’s long-term development, prosperity and independence. An educated population helps bring about a more vibrant civil society, as well as increasing the numbers of people available to offer their skills, knowledge and expertise to support the development of their communities.
When UWS asks parents in remote villages what they want for their children, even in post conflict regions, they seek the same thing: education. Parents want their children in school and children yearn for the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.
UWS with the UN believes that all children have a fundamental right to free primary schooling of good quality. The statistics remain bleak – 59 million children are out of school with conflict affected countries and girls highlighted as at the greatest disadvantage.
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UWS believe in developing vocational skills that will enable these children to gain employment, earn money, and reduce poverty.
Some of the finance generated through creative arts, agriculture and tourism will in the future be used to support the school thus enabling the village to take full ownership and complete the cycle of sustainability.
Educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation.
Consequently UWS are also committed to encouraging local women to trains as teachers.
Education lifts people out of poverty. If all students in low-income countries acquire basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
We must close the gender gap at all education levels. Evidence suggests that girls who complete primary and go on to have a secondary education have smaller families, improved health outcomes and earn significantly higher wages.
By investing in girls’ education, UWS helps young women to grow up as active citizens in their communities, creating better prospects for their families and futures.
Education gives us a profound understanding that we are tied together as citizens of the global community, and that our challenges are interconnected.
- UWS promotes peace, tolerance and respect for diversity across cultures through education and school partnerships.
- UWS cultivates a sense of global community, active participation and environmental stewardship across developing and developed countries.
- UWS specalises in ‘smart’ aid – such as training locally based teachers to use innovative, participatory and non-formal vocational teaching and learning methods.