It is always the right time to talk about disparities in education around the world. There are many think tanks that are working on identifying and understanding inequality around the world. While their research & discovery matter, feet on the ground are most essential.
This list below pinpoints organizations that are actually in the field and making a difference every day. These organizations believe that a stronger education can help people overcome other aspects such as economic, racial and gender, etc. Join me as I celebrate these amazing initiatives below and if you can, contribute to their causes. Of course, an early start for a child makes all the difference but there are several initiatives that are geared toward adults as well.
Barefoot College International: has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey to empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries, they train women worldwide as solar engineers, entrepreneurs and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.
Room to Read: seeks to transform the lives of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Pratham: addresses gaps in education systems with innovative, low-cost, replicable interventions that span the age spectrum. Working both directly and through government systems, these programs collectively reach millions of children and thousands of school dropouts each year.
CARE Education is committed to the rights of all people to live free from poverty. They promote the empowerment of women and girls, and engage with men and boys, to transform unequal power relationships and address gender inequality. They do a lot of work around girls education.
Reach out to Asia (ROTA): was launched in December 2005 in Doha - Qatar, by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The program is committed to providing high quality and relevant primary and secondary education, encouraging relationships among communities, creating safe learning environments and restoring education in crisis affected areas across Asia and around the world.
Build Africa: believes in the power of education to help end poverty. They try to give children the education they need and fight the inequalities that stand in their way. This organization has been around since 1978.
Children International attempts to fight poverty by improving education. They have scholarships, tutoring programs and many programs that are tailored to fit specific needs. Their education programs support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
Whiz Kids Workshop believes that mass-media can be the most cost-effective and immediate way to make an impact on large educational gaps in the developing world, particularly at the preschool level. They use existing research on mass-media education, new lower-cost technologies for media creation, and booming growth in reach of television to put that belief into practice. They are best known for the award winning, early-childhood educational television program Tsehai Loves Learning.
Childhood Education International gives special attention to the most vulnerable and fragile children who may wish to be in school and learning but may not have opportunities to do so.They understand the value of education not only because it can change lives positively, but also because it is a stimulus for community development, peace, security, and our hope for the future.
Education International is a Global Union Federation that represents organizations of teachers and other education employees. It is the world’s largest, most representative global, sectoral organisation of unions with more than 32.5 million trade union members in 384 organisations in 178 countries and territories.
The Global Partnership for Education: GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership. They work to deliver quality education so that every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency.
Plan International: promotes free, equal access to quality education for all children – from early learning to secondary education. They work with children, their families, communities, wider society and governments, and advocate at both local and international levels, so that all children are able to get an education.
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