Educational Institutions

World Education, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • http://www.worlded.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the economically disadvantaged, World Education provides training and technical assistance in nonformal education. World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as well as in the US. World Education contributes to individual growth, strengthens the capacity of local partner institutions, and catalyzes community and national development. World Education's approach is characterized by a commitment to meaningful and equal partnership that is flexible and evolves over time, and is based on mutual interest and trust. World Education develops assets such as good health, literacy, numeracy, business and civic participation skills, and access to credit.

Main Programs

  1. US Division
  2. Asia Division
  3. Africa Division
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

North America: United States of America
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand
Australia
Europe: France, Russia
Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil

ruling year

1959

Principal Officer since 1982

Self-reported

Mr. Joel Lamstein

Keywords

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HIV/AIDS, refugees, girls' education, women's education, sustainable agricultural, adult education, ESOL, maternal health, child health, child labor

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EIN

13-1804349

 Number

6343930134

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

US Division

Philosophy and Purpose:
World Education's Literacy Division (US Division) strengthens the ability of programs, organizations, and communities to serve adult learners.  We work with practitioners and programs to help adults improve their basic education or English language skills.  We train teachers, program managers, and community leaders in proven approaches and share research findings that can inform practice.  We also identify and support potential leaders with the adult literacy community.  Whether we work with individuals or organizations, we seek to build systems that advance our entire field.
 
Within the United States, World Education has experience and expertise in areas vital to our field:
 
Improving literacy practice: We offer workshops, courses, institutes, mentoring, peer coaching, study circles, and teacher research that help staff develop professionally.
 
Enhancing program quality: We provide technical assistance and training to improve internal processes, staffing structures, planning, and curriculum development.
 
Developing Leaders: We guide and support teachers, directors, and adult learners stepping into new roles as mentors, trainers, researchers, advocates, and Web and curriculum writers.
 
Linking research and teaching practice:  We address important questions in adult learning practice and policy, and ensure that research and practice inform each other.
 
Creating and disseminating materials: We produce materials in areas such as promoting civic literacy and integrating critical health content with basic skill development.
 
Design system-building activities:  We develop curriculum frameworks and standards, staff certification models, and accountability processes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,209,996.00

Program 2

Asia Division

Basic Education: World Education improves access to education and the quality of education for vulnerable children and adults.  We work with parents in the community, strengthen teachers' skills, and upgrade school facilities to create effective learning environments for teaching literacy and numeracy.
Basic and Integrated Literacy:  We address real-life concerns and incorporate life skills training into our literacy programs. By integrating topics such as health information and business skills training into literacy programs, we ensure that people are better able to care for themselves and their families.
 
Child Labor and Trafficking: Many forms of child labor are harmful to the welfare of children and limit their potential.  World Education initiatives increase community awareness about child trafficking and labor. We link youth to education, offering them opportunities to change their futures.
 
Girls' and Women's Education: Investing in girls' and women's education is the single most effective way to improve the lives of families and communities. World Education's programs equip girls and women with tools they need to charge of their own lives.
Microenterprise and Microfinance: We help disadvantaged men and women create opportunities for greater economic security for themselves and their families through literacy, education, and the support of credit unions.
 
Societies in Transition: In communities affected by conflict, we collaborate with local governments and NGOs to rebuild social, educational and economic stability.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$12,157,166.00

Program 3

Africa Division

Basic Education: World Education strengthens parents' associations and encourages community participation in education, which lead to improved educational systems both locally and nationally   We create education opportunities for both children and adults.
 
Basic and Integrated Literacy:  We structure literacy programs to incorporate relevant information that people can use in their everyday lives.  This includes integrating health information or business skills into literacy curricula.
 
Child Labor and Trafficking:  We work with communities to develop awareness campaigns and initiatives to reduce child trafficking as well as ensure that victims and other at-risk youth gain access to education and life skills development.
 
Girls' and Women's Education
By increasing girls' and women's access to quality education, we ensure that they develop the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives through social and economic development.
 
HIV and AIDS:  Incorporating HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and support into programs is a priority for World Education.  We work with community groups to reduce stigma and reach some of the most at risk populations, including women as well as orphans and other vulnerable children.
 
Microenterprise and Microfinance: We help disadvantaged men and women create opportunities for greater economic security for themselves and their families through literacy, education, and support to credit unions.
 
Societies in Transition: In communities affected by conflict, we encourage problem solving, tolerance, and peace by bringing about social and economic stability.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$8,555,267.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

North America: United States of America
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand
Australia
Europe: France, Russia
Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil

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WORLD EDUCATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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World Education, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Joel Lamstein

BIO

Joel Lamstein is founder and president of John Snow Inc.(http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_Snow_Inc.) , an international public health consulting firm. Founded in 1978, JSI now has more than 1,600 people stationed in the United States and throughout the world working to enhance the lives of underserved and vulnerable populations. He is also president of World Education(http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=World_Education) , a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I’ve had the pleasure of leading World Education since 1982. Throughout these years I’ve witnessed the impact of our work near and far. From Mali to Maine, World Education strives to educate and empower adults so that they can improve their livelihoods and be informed and active members of their communities. We pride ourselves for the innovative and high quality training and support we provide. Evaluations and more informal feedback from educators and administrators who participate in WEI’s programs have been consistently positive across time and geography. I have the highest respect for our talented staff who regularly go beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of undereducated adults and families. World Education is truly an example of an organization that thinks globally and acts locally.
~ Joel Lamstein, President, World Education, Inc."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Louis Kaplow

Harvard Law School

Term: Oct 2010 - Oct 2012

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