Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
According to the UN, "obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.
HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS AND WAC TEAMS ARE DESIGNED TO WORK?
Marshall Direct Fund's mission is to invest in education and women’s economic empowerment for a more peaceful world. It runs a modern day pen pal program called "Global Kids Connect" which facilitates meaningful dialogue between students and teachers in Pakistan and the United States weekly over the course of half an academic year. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a secure blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.
GlobeMed's mission is to engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare (partner organization in Nepal). GlobeMed believes that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of their mission is to help students find their place in the movement.
We believe our greatest challenge as an organization doing leadership, education, and development work on an international scale is in the building and maintenance of strategic partnerships. Specifically, we would like the students participating in the World Affairs Challenge to help us research solutions and take action on how we could more effectively engage partnerships with governments, the private sector, and civil society.
GlobalMindED is an educational and research non-profit organization committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and job seekers.. By incorporating research and implementing action based on our results, GlobalMindED's mission is to improve access and equity in K-12 and higher education through improved graduation rates and sustainable careers.
Technology Partnership works to bridge the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world by connecting schools and students in Kenya and the United States. By sharing technology resources, promoting digital literacy, and initiating social and cultural connections between Kenyan and American schools, we help all students and teachers become digitally-savvy global citizens who are connected to each other and the broader world. We are happy to talk with groups or students interested in learning how we work in Kenya and the role of technology in education there.
In our interconnected world, we interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis. Assumptions are made, interpreting comments, reactions and behaviors. The result is often miscommunication because of a culture difference. These miscommunications can be extremely costly to organizations and relationships. Real World Solutions provides practical training and coaching in intercultural awareness and competence for professionals and organizations in business, health care, education, and community services.
NGAO Society is a non-profit making organization formed with individuals and likeminded community organizations to facilitate the community in realizing its own potential to initiate sustainable change using the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Model. NGAO wishes to establish connections between students in the US and communities in Africa (Kenya) to help students collaborate on finding the assets within the community to improve quality of life.
College Equality brings personalized college counseling to public schools. Their mission is to collaborate with overburdened counseling offices at traditional public schools, and to support students in the college admissions process, allowing them to gain access to the full range of college options that could benefit them. Their counselors can provide the advising, application support, and recommendation writing necessary to position talented students from under-resourced communities as competitive candidates to their preferred colleges.
The Road to Hope builds self-sustaining communities through partnering with individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Haiti to learn and build mutually supportive relationships. We believe in bridging the distance between communities globally, which is why we partner with communities throughout the U.S. and Haiti to provide in-person and digital cultural experiences and outreach for students, community leaders, musicians and other interested parties. We invest in food, agriculture, education, music, the arts, and water and sanitation programs in the communities we serve.
Sustainable Schools International (SSI) invests in sustainable education for rural economic development in Cambodia. We partner with government schools and build social entrepreneurs and leaders. Micro-finance, in the communities we serve, develops the local economy and sustains our schools. As a result, our goal is to stop child exploitation before it starts. Sustainable Schools International (SSI) would love to serve as a resource for the passionate students working to solve global challenges.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America's Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.
CorpsAfrica is a non-profit organization that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, high-poverty communities in their own countries. These men and women live in the community for a year and initiate sustainable projects that fulfill key needs and whose impact and success can be carefully measured, all through a transformative volunteer experience. CorpsAfrica seeks to connect WAC students to current and alumni volunteers who have worked on development issues at a grassroots level in communities in Morocco, Senegal, and Malawi.
CareerWise created a statewide youth apprenticeship model that coordinates the existing systems of industry and education that creates real, tangible benefits for both the employer and the apprentice. The net result is a workforce with the skills Colorado’s industry needs, and students whom have illuminated pathways to higher education and careers. CareerWise is happy to be a resource for students and present information about our apprenticeship program when needed.
Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Museo is dedicated to educating our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas, from ancient to contemporary, though innovative exhibitions and programming.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America's Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. UNA Denver and WAC have the potential to collaborate beautifully regarding the focus on SDG's.
Empowerment International's (EI) approach addresses the root cause and the plight of many street children in the slums (‘barrios’) in both countries. EI works with the children and their families to enable them to attend school by providing financial and emotional support. Empowerment International would love to develop long term partnerships; as well as, have WAC students approach EI for cultural exchange experiences with our students and communities. Empowerment International would also love to do some collaborative projects with our students in Nicaragua and WAC students.
Engineers Without Borders USA harnesses the skills of engineers to tackle the challenges that keep the world's poorest people from living healthy, productive lives. They achieve this goal by utilizing highly skilled volunteers to work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their basic infrastructure and human needs. Engineers Without Borders USA seeks to help students in WAC by providing K-12 Lessons Plans that might be useful for water, biofuel, and bridge projects.
Kimetrica is a social enterprise where their mission is to increase the effectiveness of spending in the social sector by providing software, research, advisory and training services for evidence-based decision making and learning. Kimetrica also helps governments and non-profit organizations to increase the impact and efficiency of their social investments, enhance accountability, manage critical risks, and build donor or taxpayer confidence. They seek to help WAC students by educating them about the impacts of international development.