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

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World Education, Inc. started working in Zimbabwe in 2008 through the USAID/PEPFAR-funded Children First project. Implemented by World Education’s Bantwana Initiative, Children First reached thousands of vulnerable children and families affected by the social and economic decline in Zimbabwe and the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS.

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Watch the video to learn about Bantwana's Youth Entrepreneurship and Work Readiness Program in Zimbabwe.

The Vana Bantwana project built on Children First’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Zimbabwe’s support to vulnerable children and their families. Through the project, World Education reached more than 100,000 vulnerable children and their families through strengthening the social service system and local health facilities, scaling-up early childhood interventions to reach more children with disabilities, and expanding the out-of-school youth program and economic strengthening activities.

The Vana Bantwana program also provided youth work readiness training, gender-based violence prevention and survivor programming, and pediatric HIV testing and treatment. World Education trains community learning facilitators, community health workers, and child care workers to ensure vulnerable children and caregivers in Zimbabwe have access to health, education, protection and livelihoods services.


Featured Projects

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: 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.

View details: Vana Bantwana

Vana Bantwana

The Bantwana Initiative’s Vana Bantwana is strengthening a cadre of national and community-based civil society organizations to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.


Featured Resource







View details: Back on the Path to Education: Grace and Olivia's Stories

Back on the Path to Education: Grace and Olivia's Stories

Grace and Olivia didn't think they would return to school--then they got a second chance.

View details: Using Soccer to Fight HIV

Using Soccer to Fight HIV

When Fortune's mother died, Fortune says that she was too young—at age six—to understand the loss.

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.