World Vision International

Education Kickstart

Working together to educate children for life

Over the past 15 years, countries around the world have made significant strides toward increasing access to education for children. However, evidence shows that increased access to school does not automatically result in improved learning outcomes.

World Vision’s response to this issue is to ensure that, in the countries where we work, we are implementing programme activities that specifically aim to improve child learning. This may sound obvious, but it’s important that as well as building schools and providing access to them, we make sure that education activities enable children to receive a quality education.

World Vision is piloting different ways of doing this in education projects in 25 countries through the five-year “Education Kickstart." Through these programmes, we have:

  • Reached over 100,000 children
  • Trained over 5,000 teachers
  • Procured or produced over 1,500 new book titles
  • Set up over 2,000 community book banks
  • Trained over 8,000 community literacy volunteers

Some of the projects include our Unlock Literacy programme, our two Early Childhood Development initiatives, Go Baby Go! (Age 0-3) and Learning Roots (Age 3-6), and developing safe and nurturing schools.

Where we’re implementing the Education Kickstart

Phase 1 countries

Phase 1 countries implemented programmes for 3 - 5 years.     

Phase 2 countries

Phase 2 countries implemented programmes for 2 - 3 years.

  • Bolivia
  • DRC
  • Guatemala
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Phase 3 countries

 Phase 3 countries implemented programmes for about one year.

  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Ghana
  • Laos
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Swaziland

What's next?

As the Education Kickstart ends, we aim to scale up the pilot projects with proven results in order to reach more children, schools, communities and countries then ever before. We are reflecting on the lessons we have learned as a community, such as how to recruit and retain youth volunteers to support after school reading clubs, how to work successfully with parents to ensure learning at home and how to motivate teachers when they're in the classroom.

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