WBZ Cares is our public service initiative focused on local non-profit entities, events, and causes. Each month WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will select an organization to profile.
Through news stories, public service announcements and guest appearances on NightSide with Dan Rea, we will show the hard work and dedication of our local charities.
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THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is proud to support School the World, a non-profit organization committed to solving extreme poverty through the power of education. Their strategy is to work at the grassroots level to organize communities around education from early childhood through adolescence. On their journey to creating a more just world, their Global Citizenship Program amplifies their impact at home and abroad. They believe all children love to learn, want to learn and are capable of learning. They believe all parents want a better life for their children and all teachers prefer motivation and achievement to apathy and failure. Nevertheless, they recognize that the complexities behind generational poverty require them to be innovative and often disruptive to make real learning possible.
ABOUT SCHOOL THE WORLD
In 2007, their Founder Kate Curran left her career as an attorney to travel the world. Her personal call to action followed the sudden death of her brother, father and mother in under two years. Her mother’s last words, “I’ve had a great life,” and her father’s lifelong commitment to public service inspired her to begin a journey to define “a great life” that took her across four continents.
For Kate, her year-long journey was a course in gratitude, gratitude for the majesty of the world evident in Patagonia’s Glaciers National Park, gratitude for the sacrifices of others so evident in Normandy, and gratitude for the sacrifices her parents made for her own education. But it was the 12 children sharing one pencil in a Tanzania classroom, the young children working under the hot Andes sun, and the children crossing through crocodile-infested waters to get to school in a Zambian village who moved her to action. Inspired by that gratitude and the lengths to which the world’s children will go for an education, Kate founded School the World to fight extreme poverty at its roots by bringing quality education to the world’s poorest and marginalized children.
It was a vision founded in gratitude that led Kate to School the World. It is through dedicated supporters and partners that this vision became reality. Partnering with philanthropic investors who share Kate’s vision of delivering lasting change through education, School the World has built 107 schools and 54 playgrounds in two countries, stocked 433 classroom libraries, empowered 6,301 parents as “first educators”, extensively trained 392 teachers and served over 10,485 children.
Early Childhood Education and School Readiness
Children who participate in high-quality preschool programs have better health, social-emotional and educational outcomes than those who do not. These gains are particularly powerful for children from low-income families.
Research shows that the foundations for learning are largely built in the early years of life, before a child ever crosses the thresholds of primary school. Evidence shows that high percentages of children are failing first grade and are much more likely to drop out of school after failing even one grade.
Reaching children early is the best way to transform futures.
Their Building Blocks program begins with the parents. Through parent trainings they help parents understand the importance of early stimulation and show them ways to help ensure their children are stimulated and healthy, reaching the key developmental and cognitive milestones.
They also emphasize the importance of early enrollment in pre-primary school. They organize them to request a pre-primary school teacher from the government. They build pre-primary schools and drive the supply of age-appropriate tools and games.
Their pre-primary teacher training program helps teachers identify the cognitive markers that make a child "ready for school". They help them learn the best practices to achieve those markers and develop social and emotional skills so children begin to learn things like patience and self-control.
Their Community School Program shows what can happen when an entire community organizes around the power of education. They begin our 5-year partnership by negotiating with local municipalities to provide 50% of the new infrastructure costs. They provide the remaining 50% through corporate sponsors, individual donors or World Changers participating in our Global Citizenship Program. Once the Ministry of Education approves of a new community school and guarantees enough teachers, they meet with the community leaders and parents. They ask them if they are willing to provide the land and labor, attend bi-monthly parent training programs and contribute scarce funds for books. Once leaders and parents agree, their partnership begins.
Right now only a small percentage of children in rural Central America are able to continue their education past 6th grade, the end of primary school. They are committed to removing the roadblocks to give every one of their students the opportunity to continue their education through lower secondary school (grade 7-9).
Even where students do have a lower secondary school in their community or within walking distance, they often cannot afford a uniform, the school supplies and the homework assignments required at that level. They provide scholarships for these basic needs for every student who needs one.
Where there are no schools nearby, they make sure every student has access to at least one alternative model. In central locations they ensure a teacher for an innovative new program combining independent study with teaching and evaluation one day a week. In the most remote communities, they support access to radio-based, independent study programs.
They emphasize gender equity and education for girls throughout their primary school parent trainings, but they also provide full scholarships for girls who show a passion for education and learning to attend a traditional full-time lower secondary school. To remove all barriers, they cover transportation, school supplies and menstrual supplies.
Whether you are a U.S. high school or college student, company or employee looking to make a difference, or a parent looking to pass down the value of service to your family, their service opportunities give people of all ages the opportunity to transform lives.
School the World is a non-profit organization committed to solving extreme poverty through the power of education.
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