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A women's group supported by the World Education Building Peace and Prosperity in the Casamance project.

Founded in 1951, World Education builds the capacity of individuals, civil societies, local organizations, and communities in more than 50 countries around the world, as well as in the United States. World Education designs and implements capacity-building initiatives in an array of sectors, including:

  • Formal, nonformal, and vocational education
  • School governance and management
  • Community and civil society development
  • Orphans and other vulnerable children
  • Microenterprise and microfinance development
  • HIV and AIDS education and prevention
  • Child labor, trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Strengthening of local media

World Education has extensive experience developing partnerships with civil society groups, national and local governments, and national and international implementing partners in the countries in which we work. Bringing stakeholders together to create partnerships that combine human, material, and financial resources to address issues is one of the hallmarks of World Education.

Along with its implementing partners, World Education provides training on program design, project administration, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, community needs assessment, fundraising, marketing techniques, and cost-sharing strategies. Strengthening local capacity and fostering self-reliance through a “training of trainers” approach are central to both our overseas and domestic programs. In its role as catalyst, World Education strives to promote autonomy by empowering people to plan and implement their own programs for social and economic change. By building upon existing resources, rather than creating new structures and systems, World Education reinforces local knowledge and capacity.

World Education currently works with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and government partners in 24 countries to strengthen parent-teacher councils, community school associations, and local school boards. Our work is initiated at the community level, and where appropriate, is expanded to include district or regional bodies and federations that can reinforce and enhance government educational input. Most of these programs also include a prominent sub-grant component that allows NGOs, community development associations, and parent-teacher associations to build their capacity and implement school improvement projects. In addition to goals of educational improvement, these programs focus on increased access to educational opportunities for vulnerable populations—especially for girls—and strengthening civil society through community-institution building.

About World Education Senegal

Community radio is a major focus of World Education’s work in Senegal. Since 2005 World Education has worked to establish a network of 12 community radio stations in the Casamance region on Senegal. These stations, which form the Network of Community Radios for Peace and Development of the Casamance, have played a crucial role in World Education’s efforts to build peace in a region that has suffered through many years of conflict. Communication is a cornerstone of the peace building process, and radio has had a significant impact on the resolution of conflict at the community level. In addition to using the radio to address development issues in Senegal, World Education builds the capacity of radio management communities so that radio stations are sustainable, respond to the needs of their communities, and conflict sensitive. The Network of Community Radios, partner in World Education’s current peace building initiative, the USAID-funded, Peace in the Casamance program, has played a key role in promoting pardon and reconciliation at the community level.

Building upon the experience of using community radio for peace building, World Education expanded the use of radio to address other issues facing rural communities in Senegal. The Women’s Leadership and Civic Journalism program promotes women’s leadership and gender equity by giving women a greater voice and presence in community radio.

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