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

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Basic Education for Children and Adults

Millions of people lack the most basic education, which includes literacy, baseline mathematical understanding, and general life skills. Yet basic education in all societies is critical to individual and economic development and political stability—and it also contributes to improved health, human rights and gender equity.

At World Education we believe that ensuring a quality basic education is the best hope for long-term sustainable development.
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We seek to ensure that all learners—both children and adults—are empowered with basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills. We understand the critical importance of developing reading skills at an early age, and many of our programs focus on early grade reading.

World Education’s life skills education approach makes curricula more relevant to the needs of all students, whose grasp of material increases dramatically as it is directly linked to their everyday lives. Learners acquire a range of everyday life skills necessary to live effectively in society, including: critical thinking, decision making, social skills, and civic participation. They also learn more specific technical and occupational-specific skills including how to set up and run small businesses or how to make use of sustainable agriculture methods.

To ensure students leave classes with the basic skills they need, World Education also trains teachers to use interactive and learner-centered approaches. Some out-of-school, or nonformal programs serve as a bridge that enables students to enroll in the formal school system at age-appropriate levels.

World Education also builds partnerships between communities, employers, teachers, and learners to ensure students leave school with the skills and resources they need for productive employment.

Featured Projects

View details: Ghana Local Language Literacy Pilot

Ghana Local Language Literacy Pilot

This early grade reading pilot program is enhancing mother tongue (Akwapim Twi language) literacy acquisition and improving English as a second language in Ghana.

View details: Second Chance Education Program

Second Chance Education Program

The Second Chance Education Program in Zimbabwe helps out-of-school children catch up in school with an integrated package of academic skills, life skills, and case management support.

View details: Improved Basic Education in Cambodia Program

Improved Basic Education in Cambodia Program

The Improved Basic Education in Cambodia seeks to improve access to and quality of education for those residing in remote and rural areas, and those marginalized by poverty, ethnic minority status, or gender.


Featured Resources



View details: Rural Communities Take Charge of Children's Education

Rural Communities Take Charge of Children's Education

In the remote regions of Cambodia, some of the country's poorest communities have limited access to schools, teachers, or educational support.

View details: From Hardship to Hope

From Hardship to Hope

Twelve year-old Zanele's father died when she was just a little girl, and her grandfather struggled alone to support a household of fourteen individuals.

View details: From Literacy Classes to Learning Carnivals

From Literacy Classes to Learning Carnivals

For adult learners, the classroom presents challenges different from those of younger students.