World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Today, 40 percent of the global population is under 25 years old. A huge proportion of the world’s youth ages 15 to 24—85 percent—live in developing countries. Nearly half live in low-income countries.

Many youth around the world are poor, and have no access to education or employment. Many face the prospect of early marriage, early childbearing, exploitation, and the threat of HIV.

Youth represent a huge challenge for the developing world—as well as a huge opportunity.

World Education seeks to ensure that while youth are gaining valuable literacy and numeracy skills, they are also gaining life skills and health literacy, including an understanding of reproductive health and infectious diseases. We also work in partnership to create training programs and curricula that equip young people with meaningful employment skills reflecting their social, cultural, and economic realities.

Learn about World Education’s work in girls’ and women's education which aims to address the obstacles that keep girls out of school and improve the lives of individual families.

Watch this video to learn about one of our youth-focused projects, African Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative.


Featured Projects

View details: Life Skills Education Program

Life Skills Education Program

The HIV-focused Life Skills Education Program is implementing and monitoring a national curriculum in 220 secondary schools throughout Swaziland.

View details: Força à Comunidade e Crianças Project (FCC) - Child and Community Strengthening

Força à Comunidade e Crianças Project (FCC) - Child and Community Strengthening

The USAID | FCC project is strengthening family-centered, community-based approaches for care, support, and protection of orphans and vulnerable children.

View details: Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Bantwana’s National Case Management System Project scales up its case management model by building the capacity of case care workers to assist vulnerable children.


Featured Resources



View details: Next Stop: University

Next Stop: University

Yuliana's dedication to education won her a ConnectEd scholarship.

View details: Star Scholar Urges Classmates to Stay in School

Star Scholar Urges Classmates to Stay in School

An Mally, age 12, knows that it is very important to attend school regularly.

View details: Helping Children Orphaned and Injured from UXO

Helping Children Orphaned and Injured from UXO

After Thao Ooh was severly injured in a UXO explosion that killed his father, World Education helped cover Ooh's medical expenses and find him a place to live.