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 has a deep commitment to Mali, where we began working in 1987 on NGO capacity building activities. After the country’s 1991 revolution, social tensions were high and communities expressed a need for formal education for their children. World Education was soon invited by USAID and four national NGOs to open an office in country.

The first World Education project helped NGOs and community groups to revitalize urban areas. This work led to several development projects in the areas of education, governance, and microenterprise/microfinance, with a focus on civil society capacity building.

Throughout the 1990s, World Education organized parent associations, which oversaw all aspects of school management and enrollment. By the mid-2000s, World Education had trained nearly 800 parent associations across Mali. Consequently, thousands of children—especially girls—now attend school.

To further increase educational opportunities and support parental involvement, World Education developed the “Sanmogoya” strategy for illiterate parents, which trained over 5,200 parents in the Koulikoro region alone and opened women’s centers for adult women and out-of-school girls. To date, these literacy skills have allowed parents and community groups to actively participate in improving their children’s school education.

In recent years, to mitigate tensions stemming from ongoing rebellions in northern Mali, World Education initiated the Walaikum Project, a person-to-person community conflict mitigation and peace building approach. Implementation of the Walaikum Project led to a further conflict prevention and mitigation project through inclusive community dialogue and education for out-of-school youth to bring them back into the formal education system across Northern Mali.

World Education’s other work has focused on improving education for girls and women and early grade reading.


Featured Projects

View details: Walaikum Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation

Walaikum Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation

The Walaikum Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Program creates a sustainable network of peace agents to influence the behaviors of key actors in northern Mali so that they will promote and choose peace.

View details: Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program (AGSP)

Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program (AGSP)

The Ambassadors’ Girls Scholarship Program (AGSP) provided more than 188,000 scholarships to cover educational costs for 73,000 girls and boys in 13 West African countries.

View details: Batonga


World Education partnered with the Batonga Foundation, founded by West African singer Angelique Kidjo, to help girls in Mali and Benin continue their education through middle school and beyond.


Featured Resources



View details: Girls' Secondary Scholarship Program

Girls' Secondary Scholarship Program

Sara's illiterate parents never went to school and she is the fifth child in a family of eight children, only two of whom have attended school.

View details: Helping Girls Stay in School

Helping Girls Stay in School

Before the Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program, 11-year-old Badji Traoré was following in the footsteps of her older sister by dropping out of school.

View details: Adventure Travelers Are Compelled to Support Girls' Education

Adventure Travelers Are Compelled to Support Girls' Education

Bill Connor could not forget what he witnessed in Mali, One of many destinations he visited during his travel to more than 22 countries with Starquest Expeditions.