About the Program
Quality education is a priority for A Better World and special attention is paid to minority populations such as girls, the disabled and those in rural areas. There are four major parts to the Education Program: infrastructure through new school buildings, professional development workshops for teachers and staff, financial support and scholarships for students, and out-of-school support for students who do not have a stable and healthy home situation.
To qualify for assistance from A Better World, a school must be stable to some degree, be operated by a community board, have support from the community (financial or material), be open to all community students and follow government curriculum and standards. The school does not need to be government registered, but some of the schools supported by A Better World have qualified for government registration because of their new stability and growth.
There are four major parts to the Education Program: infrastructure, professional development, student support and child care.
Education projects in most communities begin with building safe, solid and secure classrooms. Often, other support buildings are also built. Bathrooms ensure proper hygiene and sanitation. Kitchens and dining rooms increase attendance because students can receive a nutritious meal. Dormitories allow students to stay at the school, rather than walking many kilometers per day, sometimes through dangerous areas. This provides security to the students, as well as allowing them more time to study. When each building is built, it is also fully furnished. With the improved educational environment, attendance increases, and more children are given a bright future.
A Better World also supports the professional development of educational staff. At least once a year, a volunteer team of educators and education professors travel to various A Better World schools to hold professional development workshops for teachers in that school’s division. This increases the quality of the education received by hundreds of students, since these trips are often the only professional development sessions that the teachers can attend.
Financial support is also available through various scholarships and programs. A Better World sometimes pays for uniforms, tuition and other school expenses, textbooks and school supplies, transportation (such as bicycles) for students and teachers, and post-secondary scholarships. If a child is held back from receiving a quality education, there is funding available to solve the problem.
Lastly, children need a healthy lifestyle in order to succeed in school and become successful adults. Many children in the developing world have no parents or their parents and family members cannot support them. This often perpetuates the cycle of poverty as children must work to support themselves rather than attend school. A Better World seeks to break that cycle by supporting orphanages in a variety of ways, including building schools at the orphanage for the students.