Global education is the linchpin of progress. Yet nearly 20 percent of the world’s school-aged children will not reach fourth grade. Another 20 percent will fail to learn basic skills like literacy and numeracy. High dropout and repetition rates, in combination with other obstacles—such as poverty, conflict, gender inequality, language, and disability—compound this problem. And while higher education is often viewed as the surest path out of poverty and to a better life, many universities lack the ability to train students in skills essential to the 21st century workforce.

World Learning believes everyone has the right to a high-quality education. We help make that vision a reality through our cutting-edge global education programming tailored to each country and context. In our Basic Education programming, we strengthen four key players —teachers, administrators, government, and community—so they can pursue lasting change to the educational system together. We work with higher education systems and individual institutions, too, as they seek to improve lives and generate thought leadership for their countries.

Read on to see how we incorporate the five signature elements of World Learning’s approach to change into our Global Education programming. You can also check out our Basic Education Theory of Change.


Experiential Learning: Since its founding, World Learning has encouraged people to learn by doing. We encourage students to actively participate in their education for better learning, and we promote collaboration among key players as they work to create lasting change in the educational system. Read more.
Leadership Development: Strong leadership is critical to transforming the educational system. Our programs train teachers to take ownership of their classrooms, strengthen management skills among administrators and government officials, and encourage students and communities to get involved, too. Read more.
Innovation: Innovation is vital to transformation. We help schools remain on the cutting edge of advancing student learning by working with governments to create standards-based tools and processes and providing training to keep faculty up-to-date on the latest trends in education. Read more.