Our mission is to challenge poverty and inequality by expanding access to, and improving the quality of, education and training for communities affected by conflict, displacement, neglect, or discrimination in Eastern and Horn of Africa.
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.
Education is not just about expanding knowledge and understanding; it is also about stimulating independent thought and critical analysis. A high-quality education brings personal benefits but is also the means by which a nation’s economy can grow, businesses can be developed, and the public good advanced through active citizenship.
We complete our mission through:
Improving the Quality of Education
WTI seeks to improve the quality of education through the provision of resources, training and policy support that allows schools and their stakeholders to align and integrate fully within their communities and access a range of services to support the educational development of students. Improving educational quality will therefore serves the pedagogical and developmental needs of each child, regardless of background, status, location, or economic means.
To do this, WTI helps to develop the provision of training for teachers, school leaders and govenors; the use and teaching of the English language; teaching and learning materials; and the engagement of stakeholders on education policy issues.
Increasing Access to Inclusive and Equitable Education
Education is a human right and there must be equal educational opportunities for all, no matter their race, gender, class, country of origin, ethnic background or physical and mental abilities. The entitlement to equitable access to education for all children and young people is a responsibility that WTI has recognised and striven to ensure for over 40 years.
Our programmes are centred around the support for early childhood development education, the provision of inclusive primary and secondary education, girls’ education, education for children with disabilities, and increasing access to higher education. This includes developing programmes to enable access to education in the areas in which we work, as well as support for scholarships in both Africa and the UK.
Providing Youth Skills Development and Expanding Alternative Education Programmes
In the last quarter of a century, education in Africa has been mostly academic without a practical focus, creating a contradiction between what is taught in schools and the skills required in the workplace. There are also many who did not have the opportunity to study in a formal school setting, whether through conflict, poverty or marginalisation who now suffer from reduced opportunities and are unable to effectively contribute to their societies. To tackle this, WTI works with governments and other stakeholders to develop alternative education programmes.
Our programmes currently in operation or development include skills development and Technical and Vocational Educationa dn Training (TVET), as well as alternative education opportunities for non-traditional learners, either coming to education later in life or from nomadic pastoralist communities.
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Expanding the Provision of Education in Emergencies
WTI implements Education in Emergency (EIE) programmes because we beleive that access to education is a basic human right, and is linked to better lives for children and youth even in crisis. EIE provides immediate physical and phsychosocial protection, as well as life-saving knowledge and skills. EIE also provides the building blocks for educational infrastructure, enabling smooth transition from emergency to development.
In conflict affected contexts, school children and their teachers are at a higher risk because their well-being has been compromised by conflict and displacement. Whilst conflict poses risk to the whole community, it particularly has lasting impact on the children as it exposes them to some forms of violence; boys are recruited into armed groups and girls face the risk of sexual and other forms of gender based violence. Children and teachers affected by these kinds of crisis lack learning spaces, school supplies, need protection, lack teachers and support from their communities and parents.