Education is a transformative tool for empowering individuals, strengthening communities and promoting sustainable development. To have effect, we must ensure that all people have access to quality, relevant education that is supported by a strong enabling environment.
Nearly 70 million children are out of school, many of whom are girls, refugees or people are living in conflict-affected areas. As well, education systems struggle to offer quality education that meets the needs of learners, often because of a lack of trained teachers, and ineffective governance and management of education.
WUSC understands that investments in education are fundamental to achieving sustainable development. We believe all peoples are entitled to the knowledge and skills necessary to build strong and healthy communities. WUSC continues, after six decades, to help balance inequities and promote sustainable development through education and training.
Together with professionals and volunteers who share and exchange knowledge and experiences with local organizations across the world, WUSC works towards:
Education provides the hope for a better future and equips young people with the tools to make it happen. Help us empower people and build stronger communities around the world.
With one quarter of the population living below the poverty line, providing basic food and shelter for their families is a top priority for youth in Nepal. Young men and women begin working at an early age taking whatever job they can find and as a result, youth do not have the time or the means to further their professional skills.
Women especially have a difficult time finding quality jobs as social and cultural norms keep them out of the workforce. The young women who do have jobs often face widespread gender discrimination.
- 45,000 young women and men from marginalized groups trained for employment: it is expected that 80% will secure employment following training
- 10 public sector training institutions strengthened to deliver market driven training that meets employer standards and requirements
- The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) renewed and restructured to provide exemplary leadership and direction for employment development and training in Nepal
marginalized girls reached through community outreach
girls benefitting from improved education
boys benefiting (indirectly) from improved education
new classrooms built
success rate of these students
textbooks purchased and distributed to schools
solar lamps purchased and distributed to girls
teachers trained in girl-friendly education
WUSC will oversee academic exchanges between Canadian and Indonesian universities. The program will help identify resources and organize scholarship placements and study tours in Canadian universities, colleges and ministries. The ISM team is responsible for administering and monitoring students studying in Canada under scholarship, as well as planning, designing, evaluating, and participating in short term projects and other LLD activities. The exchanges will help strengthen Islamic education networks and Canadian universities with relevant experience in community development.
Following decades of conflict and tumult, almost half of Afghanistan's children are still not attending schools. Despite an increase of teachers since 2001, 58% of Afghan teachers do not have the minimum required qualifications. The country lacks common and appropriate standards for certifying teachers and accrediting teacher training institutions. Consequently, the quality of education in Afghanistan is poor.
- Improve the standards of teacher training institutions and quality of existing teachers within the education system
- Enhance the quality of classroom teaching
- Increase equity in the delivery of education services across Afghanistan
- Contribute to greater access to education for boys and girls
- Improve the ability of the Teacher Education Directorate and TTCs to administer and implement education policy reform
Strong leaders are required to contribute to the development of a country. Each year, a handful of bright and talented Batswana students are given a unique opportunity to pursue their education in a Canadian university or college. The goal is to develop specific skills that will enable them to secure jobs in the public and private sectors in Botswana and contribute to the country’s development. Living and studying in Canada can provide these students with a wealth of knowledge and new experiences to bring back to their home country.
- 1000+ students from Botswana have come to Canada to pursue undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies since 1981
- 25+ universities and colleges across Canada have welcomed these international students
- 92% of students graduate and return to their home country, where they can work and contribute to their community's and country's development
- Major fields of study include engineering, telecommunications, geometrics, food science, agriculture, geochemistry, economics and geophysics
Become a Homestay Host and extend a warm welcome to international students! You can assist students from developing countries who are coming to study at Canadian universities or colleges. Help them adjust to living in Canada as a WUSC Homestay Host. Find out more!
WUSC's Botswana Student Programs under International Student Management are fully funded by the Government of Botswana and partnered with the Botswana Ministry of Education and Botswana’s Department of Local Government Service Management. WUSC’s International Student Management division also receives funding from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the Local Leadership for Development Project in partnership with Cowater International.
In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti is struggling to rebuild its physical infrastructure as well as recover from damage done to important sectors that contribute to the development of the country.
Working with its Haitian and Canadian partners, the program will focus on reinforcing institutional capacities of Haitian organizations so they offer quality services to meet the needs of men, women and children, while ensuring that women participate in all program activities.
VCP Haiti Volunteer Postings.
All applicants must be fluent in French.
WUSC's Volunteer Cooperation Program II (VCP Haiti) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The project is jointly implemented by SACO, Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation.
Students Without Borders® offers students and recent graduates of Canadian postsecondary institutions the opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with our local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a “needs driven” approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience.
- 55+ Canadian university and colleges had their students participate in SWB
- 600+ Students have been placed for overseas placements in
- 13 Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America working in
- 15+ Different sectors of work. including agriculture, communications, health and information technology
Click here to learn more about the SWB program and to see the placements that are currently available. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any current or recently graduated student from a Canadian university or college is eligible to apply for a SWB placement.
Students Without Borders® is implemented through Uniterra, a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation program jointly managed by WUSC and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Students Without Borders® and Étudiants Sans Frontières® is not in any way affiliated with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders is a registered-trademark of Bureau international de Médecins Sans Frontières.
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By Noorin Nazari, TCAP Gender Specialist
"Acquire knowledge from cradle to grave!" is a famous proverb in Afghanistan and a defense tool for Afghan women by which they express their right to education. This year, on the occasion of International Women's Day, women in Afghanistan can celebrate their collective empowerment – regained dramatically in the past 14 years through education.
Athok Abuoi defies the odds in Kakuma Refugee Camp to become ‘Best Girl’ in Turkana County.
In 2008, at just ten years of age, Athok Abuoi Chol fled her home in the Upper Nile State in South Sudan to escape ongoing conflict in her country. In class three when she left South Sudan, Athok Abuoi was fortunate to have the support of her uncle once she arrived in Nairobi, who helped her continue her schooling.
My name is Reem. I am a mature student at York University, one of 73 lucky students sponsored by the WUSC Student Refugee Program this year, and one of 1400 students sponsored by WUSC since 1978. I feel very fortunate to be here living safely, continuing my studies in Canada.
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