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We partner with local communities and supporters around the world to teach the unreached.

United World Schools

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We work in remote and marginalised communities in some of the world's poorest regions to give every child access to free education. Our sustainable approach is changing the face of primary education in remote areas of South Asia, where children cannot access even basic education. To date, we have worked with more than 150 communities across Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to give children free school.
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Innovation Overview

1 - 18
Age Group
36 500
Children/Users
3
Countries
2009
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
526
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Updated on November 13th, 2020
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What is United World Schools?

We work in remote and marginalised communities in some of the world's poorest regions to give every child access to free education. We partner with local communities and supporters around the world to teach the unreached. Our sustainable approach is changing the face of primary education in remote areas of South Asia, where children cannot access even basic education.

To date, we have worked with more than 150 communities across Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to give children free schooling. By 2020, we aim to have reached 50,000 children with education.

WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES

We only work where the community wants a school and is willing to be actively involved in its development. From the outset, communities offer support through regular meetings, construction labour and land for the school site. We then develop a local governing body of community leaders, and train a few community members to work alongside government teachers in every school.

Involving the community throughout the process ensures their continued engagement and the the long-term success of each school. As passionate advocates of girls' education, we ask communities to commit to sending all their children to school, including girls.

WORKING WITH GOVERNMENT

We have agreements in place with regional and national governments who support our schools by providing teaching staff at no cost to UWS. Government teachers work alongside our local teachers to ensure the education provided meets national curriculum requirements.

We also collaborate with government to identify areas where there are large numbers of out-of-school children.

WORKING WITH PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD

Through our partnership model, each UWS school is twinned with another school or organisation around the world, which funds the ongoing running costs once the school has been built. This allows us to ensure the long-term sustainability of every project. 

Research

HundrED Academy Review

With 26K students, this already has reached a threshold where it has the ability to scale. Also, since it's affecting the under-reached and under-privilege, smallest of such initiatives bring in huge impact to their lives.

- HundrED Academy Member

This is a very important innovation in that it is creating opportunity for those at highest risk. The fact that they are working with communities and governments also makes it highly sustainable.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
United World Schools is changing the mindset around education in remote and marginalised communities.They are ensuring sustainability and quality education by having government teachers work alongside local teachers to ensure the education meets national curriculum requirements. Additionally, having the local community invested is crucial to their success.
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

February 2018
Opened our 100th school, UWS Hurpa School in Nepal
January 2015
Our first school projects were established in Nepal in 2015
January 2014
Our first school projects were established in Myanmar in 2014
January 2009
United World Schools was officially registered as a charity in 2009
January 2008
Our first school, UWS Korng Nork School in Cambodia was built in 2008
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