WUSC works with individuals, organizations, institutions, companies, and governments to foster youth-centered solutions, at scale, that overcome inequality and exclusion. Our programs seek to generate knowledge, shift attitudes, build connections, align incentives and strengthen institutions in ways that foster positive change for years to come.
Our achievements in 2016/2017 were only possible with the ongoing support of Canada’s universities, colleges, and CEGEPS; WUSC’s campus Local Committees; our volunteer professionals; and the institutional and individual donors who share our vision and collaborate on our Canadian and international programs. Together we are working towards a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.
Helping more girls in Kenya reach their graduation day
In 2016/2017, we continued our work to help youth, particularly girls and young women, access education in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and surrounding host communities in Kenya. Through these efforts, we seek to not only improve attendance, but also their retention and success. Over the past five years, we have taken a multi-faceted approach that includes gender-sensitive improvements to infrastructure, training teachers in gender-sensitive pedagogy, providing targeted support through remedial classes, offsetting costs through scholarships, and engaging the community through multi-channel awareness campaigns that build consensus about the importance and value of girls’ education.
Fostering economic growth that reduces inequalities and extends benefits to all
In 2016/2017, we continued our work in Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia to better connect marginalized farmers and producers to buyers in the region. By facilitating linkages between businesses and farmers, we have improved farmers’ access to credit; clarified and simplified quality standards; and provided training opportunities to youth and women so that they can better access high-value markets in the region. In 2016/2017, we also continued our work in 14 countries around the world to foster more inclusive economies through international volunteer cooperation. Through the Uniterra program, jointly delivered with CECI, our international volunteers worked alongside 400 partners and market actors. Representing twenty unique economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism, textiles, and ICTs, our partners mobilized their volunteers to develop market innovations that better extend economic benefits to youth and women.
Mobilizing a generation of global thinkers, social good innovators, and development changemakers
Present on 83 campuses across Canada, and 5 overseas, our network of students engaged in many activities this past year to mobilize greater awareness and support for global development on their campuses and in their communities. Sixty-nine of our committees in Canada also formed sponsoring groups in 2016/2017, supporting us in the resettlement of more than 140 refugee youth through the SRP. In addition, nearly one million students in Canada supported the SRP through an annual levy on their tuition. They also attended Local Committee-led awareness-raising and fundraising events, shared messages of inclusion, and helped foster more welcoming communities.