Windle Trust International works with people affected by conflict in East, and the Horn of, Africa including Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. We work with communities affected by or recovering from protracted internal conflict, such as Northern Uganda, internally displaced people and refugees from neighbouring countries such as Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and central African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We focus exclusively on education and focus on the twin objectives of
- increasing access for those who have been denied the opportunity of education because of discrimination or marginalisation, particularly due to conflict
- improving the quality of teaching and learning so as to make a difference to educational outcomes
Education is not just about expanding knowledge and understanding; it’s also about stimulating independent thought and critical analysis. A high quality education brings personal benefits but it is also the means by which a nation’s economy can grow, businesses can be developed and the public good advanced through active citizenship.
You should not underestimate the power of education in creating a just world. Too many children of Africa are denied schooling. When they do attend school, it is often at schools that do not stimulate them and bring out their full potential [. . .]. It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations
(Nelson Mandela, 2007, Opening speech for the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development)