Education For All
Nelson Mandela famously said that education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world.
At Good Neighbors we believe the same, and acknowledge that quality education is one of the best ways of helping communities overcome poverty.
Sponsor a Child's Education
How Your Donation Helps
An educated community is aware of its rights, has the courage to dream of a brighter future and takes steps to become independent and self-reliant. Making people self-reliant is a major cornerstone of our Community Development Projects (CDPs). Lasting changes and improvements happen when people are equipped with the resources to change their own circumstances.
We use your donations to provide education support, and thereby strengthen the social and economic capabilities of the most vulnerable communities across the globe.
There are three key areas where your support can help our learning and development initiatives.
Improved Access to Education
We aim to provide an increased availability and a wider reach of schools, libraries, youth centres and vocational training centres, even in the small isolated villages.
An example of this is a remote village in Vietnam called Dong Lai. The village had an acute shortage of educational facilities, and used an old cultural center as a makeshift school. As a result, almost 47% of the children were left without access to any education or learning. Good Neighbors Vietnam solved this problem by constructing a well equipped kindergarten facility, and as a result the ratio of children under the age of six with access to kindergarten and care services went up from 53% to 86%.
Enhanced Quality of Education
The quality of education provided is as important as it's accessibility - this includes good infrastructure and essential facilities like toilets, a canteen and a safe yard to play in. We also provide financial support for tuition, scholarships and education material, continuous training and skills to the teaching staff, along with running an Education Rights Awareness programme.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All
At Good Neighbors we believe in supporting a lifetime of learning. Therefore, we provide education opportunities not only to children, but also to older members of society. This is achieved through the vocational education centres, where community members learn basic English and Maths skills along with specialised IT skills like Microsoft Word and Excel.
For example, Good Neighbors Cambodia built a vocational training centre for teenagers working in medical factories and construction sites. As a result of the education provided in those centres, the number of students passing the IT examination went up from a mere 18% to a staggering 76%.
Case Study: The Hope School Project in Africa
In 2009, Good Neighbors established the Hope School project in 58 schools across 12 African countries, with the goal of helping African children grow as 'good neighbors'. This project aimed to create a safe and motivating environment for the children.
In 2018, an effectiveness study was completed on the project, and it clearly highlighted the extent to which the project had a positive influence on the African communities.
Academic Hopes: This parameter measures the effects of an improved learning environment. The number of students per classroom in non-Hope schools was 160, versus 101 in Hope schools.
Future Hopes: This parameter measured the improvement in career awareness. There was 49% increase in the number of students who understood and planned for future career opportunities.
Community Hopes: This parameter measured the citizenship improvement by the various child clubs.