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buildOn: Building Schools to Break the Barriers to Gender Equality

By Joceylne Tenkouano, buildOn Burkina Faso Country Director

Adults in classroom

Adult Literacy Program Participant Burkina Faso. Photo: buildOn.

For more than 30 years, buildOn has been constructing schools in economically developing countries with the aim of eradicating poverty and illiteracy by providing access to education. In 2014, buildOn opened its first offices in Burkina Faso and three important programs were implemented: School Construction; the Enroll program, which seeks to bring out-of-school children back to the classroom; and the Adult Literacy Program, which helps men and women learn basic literacy and math skills so they can develop income-generating activities. buildOn targets communities with the greatest needs in each country and works hand-in-hand with rural populations to build schools, and empower more children and adults to be literate. Read More

Education – The Key to Eliminating Poverty

By Bill Taylor, Founder, SE Asia Foundation

Young village girls

Typical Village Girls. Photo Bill Taylor

Research the world over has shown how the key to eliminating poverty is education. Not just any education, but education for girls. So, there it is. The nexus of SDG 4 and SDG 5. Education and Gender Equality. Seems so simple and straightforward, doesn’t it?

After all, when a girl growing up in a remote village gets an education through at least grade 12, and better yet through university or college (or even vocational school) her life takes on an entirely different character. Read More

We Celebrate our Health-focused Members on World Health Day, 7 April 2022

World Health Day graphic

World Health Day is celebrated each year on April 7th, the day the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948. The celebration aims to raise awareness on a specific health issue judged important for the World Health Organization. This year’s issue is Our planet, Our health and WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy. Read More