During this uncertain time, we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Our priority is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, teachers, staff and partners around the world. 

Due to very poor access to healthcare, our communities are particularly vulnerable. We will continue to work closely with them and provide necessary and safe support, following respective government advice. We are ensuring our staff and offices are limiting the spread of the virus - working virtually, limiting social interaction, and where our offices are operational, have enough soap and hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of infection. 

Below is the current situation within each country we operate. We will be updating this page as events develop. In the meantime, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you have. Thank you for your ongoing support throughout this time. 

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To limit the risk of rapid spread of the virus, we support the Cambodian Government's policy to close the Cambodian schools early, ahead of the planned school holidays next month. Visits from our own team will be kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of transmission. 

Myanmar, Nepal

All schools are now closed following government policy. We will continue to follow respective government advice to determine when they will reopen. Visits from our own team will be kept to a minimum to reduce the risk of transmission. 


In line with government advice, our UK head office teams will be working remotely. They will be keeping all of our supporters up to date and are available to answer questions and queries. 


Will you be running partner trips and visits to projects? 

All partner visits have been suspended until further notice, due to the risk of spreading the virus. While we know this may cause disappointment, the health of our partner communities is our priority. 

What is UWS doing while your schools are closed?

During school closures we will continue to look after our schools, including paying all of our community teachers and support staff. We will continue to develop school improvement plans, improve our curriculum delivery and, where safe to do so, conduct staff training while schools are closed.  

How are you supporting partner communities? 

Currently, our priority is reducing their risk of infection. We are therefore restricting all non-essential visits from the UWS team to a minimum. Our local teams are monitoring the situation daily, working with local authorities and following guidance from the World Health Organisation. 

Other questions? 

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