World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Today, 40 percent of the global population is under 25 years old. A huge proportion of the world’s youth ages 15 to 24 – 85 percent – live in developing countries. Nearly half live in low income countries.

Many of the one billion youth in the world are poor, and have no access to education or employment. Many face the prospect of early marriage, early childbearing, and the threat of HIV.

Youth represent a huge challenge for the developing world—as well as a huge opportunity.

Increasing youth's knowledge, improving services for young people, and encouraging youth participation in economic, social, and political life, will help all young people to lead healthier and more productive lives, and to contribute to the development of their countries.

World Education creates training programs and curricula that equip young people with meaningful employment skills reflecting their social, cultural, and economic realities. We also seek to ensure that while youth are gaining valuable literacy and numeracy skills, they are also gaining health literacy, including an understanding of reproductive health and infectious diseases.

Over the last 20 years, World Education’s work internationally with its partners has shifted to respond to the needs of youth in those places that are undergoing rapid change, as a result of political turmoil and societal unrest, and globalization.

Child labor and exploitation are pervasive issues in many of the countries where we work, so our efforts have focused on getting youth into educational programs rich in opportunities, and keeping them there.

Working from the premise that today’s youth are tomorrow’s citizens, World Education has also placed major importance on increasing the participation of youth in World Education civil society programs carried out in collaboration with our local partners.

Learn about World Education’s #BuildUpGirls campaign which aims to increase awareness about obstacles that keep girls out of school and raise funds for girls’ and women’s education programs.


Featured Projects

View details: Força à Comunidade e Crianças Project (FCC) - Child and Community Strengthening

Força à Comunidade e Crianças Project (FCC) - Child and Community Strengthening

The USAID | FCC project is strengthening family-centered, community-based approaches for care, support, and protection of orphans and vulnerable children.

View details: Training Rural Area Community Educators (TRACE)

Training Rural Area Community Educators (TRACE)

The Training Rural Area Community Educators (TRACE) project improves access to and increases the quality of education for vulnerable children in southeast Myanmar by training teachers in Kayah, Kayin, and Shan states.

View details: Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Bantwana’s National Case Management System Project scales up its case management model by building the capacity of case care workers to assist vulnerable children.


Featured Resources



View details: Next Stop: University

Next Stop: University

Yuliana's dedication to education won her a ConnectEd scholarship.

View details: Star Scholar Urges Classmates to Stay in School

Star Scholar Urges Classmates to Stay in School

An Mally, age 12, knows that it is very important to attend school regularly.

View details: Helping Children Orphaned and Injured from UXO

Helping Children Orphaned and Injured from UXO

After Thao Ooh was severly injured in a UXO explosion that killed his father, World Education helped cover Ooh's medical expenses and find him a place to live.