Education First

 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, former United Nations Secretary General

Put Every Child in School

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 – 61 million children are out of school with conflict affected countries and girls highlighted as at the greatest disadvantage.

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.

#GirlsEducationKeeping girls in education is vital

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.

Fostering Global Citizenship

Education gives us a profound understanding that we are tied together as citizens of the global community, and that our challenges are interconnected.

Ban Ki-moon

The world faces global challenges that require global solutions. Education must cultivate an acCreativity and Collaborationtive care for the world and for those with whom we share it.

  • 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.

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