Join our vision for children's education
With access to a quality education, children become lifelong learners, transform their communities, protect themselves from violence, and experience life in all its fullness. We work with communities and local governments to address the barriers to a quality education for all children. Empowering parents and teachers with the tools and training they need gives children the opportunity to shine.
A world with education for all
We are making progress. In Armenia, we've strengthened parents' ability to better fulfill their role as first teachers and first protectors to their infants. Teachers in Malawi have been trained to help children attain basic literacy skills. We’ve set up reading clubs so kids can practice reading outside the classroom, and made millions of books available in languages where previously no children's books existed. In Zimbabwe, we worked with churches and communities to remove the cultural barriers that prevented girls from remaining in school.
But there’s more to be done. All children have the right to a safe, inclusive and quality education. We want all children to be educated for life, in a safe and nurturing environment, in order to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
We believe education starts on day one
Eighty per cent of brain development happens in the first three years of life, and 90 per cent is complete by age five. It’s vital that parents are given sound information and support to help nurture and protect infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children to see them reach their full potential....
Lightwell, 10, is not yet sponsored, but he still gets to attend World Vision’s Unlock Literacy reading club, held on weekends. Lightwell goes everywhere with a book in his hand.
"Growing up, our teachers used the mother language to instruct us in school. At that time, there were few books in mother languages. It was interesting reading these stories and I still remember some of these stories even today."
Our Goals for Children
We work with children, families and communities so that:
- Children read, write and use numeracy skills
- Children make good judgements, can protect themselves, manage their emotions and communicate ideas
- Adolescents are ready for economic opportunity
- Children can access and complete education
Our Holistic Approach to Education
World Vision works with parents, teachers, community members and local partners to ensure that:
- Teachers know how to make learning effective and fun
- Parents are equipped to help their children learn in the home
- Community volunteers are trained to host after-school activities
- Whole communities get the opportunity to create learning materials for children that reflect their traditions, values and language
Learning to read in the first years of primary school is critical for retention and success in future grades. Unlock Literacy focuses on building foundational learning and core reading skills.