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’s first education center, Literacy House, was founded in India in 1953. Literacy House encouraged functional literacy and linked it with vocational training and trained teachers from Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, and Cambodia using participatory, nonformal education methodology.

In the ensuing years, World Education has worked to address issues related to literacy and development in the country.

Today, India’s education system still struggles with access: 72% of students don’t finish secondary school. There is also a significant gender disparity, where girls and women are encouraged to stay home instead of going to school. Those who do leave home are often at risk of becoming victims of child labor or sex trafficking. To address these issues, World Education worked closely with girls, parents, education committees, educators, and local governments to improve education opportunities for youth in India, particularly for vulnerable girls.

World Education has supported schools to improve education information systems, mobilize communities through orientation programs, and provides counseling and curricula for youth. The ConnectEd program introduced students and teachers to technology, and has provided 5,638 girls with the skills they need to begin a career and become independent.

Featured Projects

View details: ConnectEd


The ConnectEd program addressed factors limiting the work and life options of disadvantaged youth by improving learning outcomes, preparedness for the world of work and civic engagement of disadvantaged youth.

View details: South India Girl Child Initiative

South India Girl Child Initiative

The South India Girl Child Initiative addresses the social, environmental, and economic conditions that impede girls' education and decrease girls' vulnerability to sexual exploitation and abusive forms of child labor.




Featured Resources



View details: Helping Girls Protect Themselves in India

Helping Girls Protect Themselves in India

Until two years ago, Vijaya Lakshmi, 14, spent ten hours a day working in the cotton fields earning about 30 cents per day for her grueling work.

View details: Shweta Goes Back to School

Shweta Goes Back to School

Shweta is very loyal to her family, but had never given up her dreams of getting an education.

View details: Sundari's Bright Future

Sundari's Bright Future

Yielding to family pressure, Sundari's father decided to marry her off before she could finish school.