One of World Vision’s objectives is to make education accessible for girls and boys around the world. We see it as an effective tool to promote sustainable growth for children, their families and the communities that we support.
. Many of these children are now benefitting from formal education. At least 110,290 children attended in-school or after-school literacy activities, while 144,546 reading materials were provided to schools and communities.
Rosemiah, a young teacher in the Philippines, helps children improve their reading skills through a program called the Culture of Reading. Photo: Ramon Lucas Jimenez
What sponsorship does
Improves reading skills among children in Nepal
In Nepal, programs like Unlock Literacy improve the reading skills and comprehension of children and increase the number of children reading at home. Unlock Literacy is one of World Vision Canada’s core programs funded by sponsorship donations. It aims to increase the reading skills of children in the early grades of primary school by training teachers and engaging students, families and communities in reading activities.
Govinda, a native of the Kailali district of Nepal, was privileged enough to have learned how to read when he was younger. Now working as an enumerator for the government census, he is proud of how much his community has benefited from the Unlock Literacy program.
A group of female students having fun on school grounds while other students look on. Photo: Nissi Thapa
“Last time there were only one or two readers out of the twenty students we assessed. This time every child except one was a reader. I am so happy today. This is my area. I come from here,” Govinda shares.
Not only does it help children remain motivated to learn while in the classroom. It has also had a positive impact on gender equity within the community. Through Unlock Literacy, Tharu girls, one of Nepal’s indigenous people, are able to bridge the divide between Nepalese and their native Tharu language. It also helped strengthen literacy in their homes so that girls are no longer being left behind.
Gives students a chance at a brighter future in El Salvador
In Jubileo, El Salvador, the youth are faced with the prospect of not being able to earn high school diplomas because the local school could only provide education up to Grade 9. Attending high school outside the community was also not an option due to gang violence.
Students at a school in El Salvador get the opportunity to learn how to use a computer.
Through the generosity of Canadian donors, World Vision was able to provide ten computer units to the school. It’s a vital contribution to the community, especially in improving the technical skills of students, which is essential in many fields of work.
“We are satisfied and grateful for the ten computers our school received,” says Daniel, one of the students. “This support will allow us to fulfill our dreams and meet the high school course requirements set out by the Ministry of Education.”
Making education more accessible and enjoyable in Lebanon
When the pandemic hit, children were forced to stay at home and participate in remote learning – away from peers, left in need of educational materials, and challenged by the unique setup. The experience is particularly new for girls and boys who were just introduced to the concept of schooling. For many of them, the idea of learning from home is lonely and difficult.
To provide young students the opportunity of getting uninterrupted education during the pandemic, World Vision Lebanon made changes to its Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. Every week, they would distribute new learning materials to children enrolled in the program, allowing children to continue their education despite constant connectivity issues and other challenges at home. They are also given stationery and colouring materials to make learning more enjoyable.
Hassan, a five-year-old student enrolled in World Vision Lebanon’s Early Childhood Program, has learned to enjoy remote learning with the help of his new learning materials. Photo: Maria Bou Chaaya
Hassan, a five-year-old boy enrolled in the ECE program, eagerly awaits the weekly sessions. His mother, Kafiya, is thankful for the opportunity given to him.
“The benefits of remote learning are giving the child a choice to study at the moment or not. Sometimes Hassan gets confused and distracted, so his teacher moves to another student to give him time to focus and then comes back to him,” Kafiya shares.
Unlocks the joy of new skills in Rwanda
Reading is a life skill that plays a vital role in the future of a child. Yet, there are students whose education is plagued by a lack of reading comprehension. Jolly, a nine-year-old student from Akagera, Rwanda, is one of them. Despite being able to attend school, she finds reading difficult and is unable to understand her lessons.
Jolly finds joy in being able to read stories to her younger brother after being part of World Vision’s Unlock Literacy program. Photo: Maria Kaitesi
Through World Vision’s Unlock Literacy program, reading camps were introduced in Jolly’s community, where she learned to pray, sing, draw, write, and most of all, read. From being a very shy student who didn’t enjoy school, Jolly now excels in her studies. She is also able to read stories to her little brother.
“I have learned how to read perfectly through the reading camp sessions. I do enjoy reading and these days I am even among the top five in my class,” Jolly shares.