About Us

Unlocking Opportunity through Education

We are education development experts who believe that everyone has the right to a high-quality education. Our work is driven by the belief that education is a powerful tool to improve the quality of life and increase economic opportunities for people worldwide.

Our programs create and strengthen equitable access to services that support people’s individual and collective needs—whether that’s the rural poor, people with disabilities, women, immigrants and refugees, or adults who need foundational skills. Our programs improve adult education, build early-grade literacy, help displaced people, mitigate the effects of HIV, and reduce gender-based violence. Equity and inclusion drive our work.

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

Our Leadership

Our leadership team supports our culture and technical excellence.

Nepali school girls sit at their desks in a classroom smiling.
Members of our Zimbabwean team at a meeting in 2019.

Our Experts

We are professionals who are recognized for our technical excellence; commitment to education, social justice, and client satisfaction; and contributions to global learning in adult education, education system strengthening, and community development.

Our Impact

Founded in 1951, World Education has reached millions of people with limited or no access to education in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and the United States. Learn more about our work in our annual reports.

After completion of GATE class, some girls choose to attend SEEP class where they learn about business and finance.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akbar Ali Khan, and Welthy Fisher celebrating the 20th Founder Day of Literacy House, Lucknow, 1973.

Our Founder

If World Education is a tree, with branches currently reaching out all over the world, then its root, buried deep in the soil of Lucknow, India, is Literacy House. The light, heat, and water that nurtured its growth was Welthy Honsinger Fisher, the founder of Literacy House and World Education. That an American woman campaigned for women’s literacy and women’s independence in India in the 1950s is extraordinary.

In Memoriam

Our greatest resource has always been our dedicated staff, and for more than 40 years we have been the beneficiary of the wisdom and energy of countless remarkable people. We would not be what we are today without the contributions of the bright minds and open hearts that have left life but linger in legacy.

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Partner with Us

World Education strives to build lasting relationships with partners across diverse geographic regions and technical sectors to produce better education outcomes for all.

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