Our approach

Practical skills to address real-life problems are central to all our projects.

Our work involves practical education and training, with literacy at the heart. By literacy we mean more than just the skills of reading, writing and numeracy; we see literacy as a tool for transformation under a broad definition which embraces IT and other media resources. Participants learn to read ballot papers, fill in forms online, weigh produce or calculate change – depending on what they need most.

“Adult literacy should be functional – participants learn better when topics are based on their experiences, needs and interests.”

Chitra Niraula, who evaluated our work skills project in Nepal

Our projects fall into five key categories:

 

HealthImproving people’s quality of life through education about nutrition, hygiene, reproductive health and HIV & AIDS.

 

 

Livelihoods

Strengthening sustainable livelihoods by teaching marginalised adults work, agricultural or business skills.

 

 

civic education

Enabling people to access their rights and respect those of others, and participate in decision-making that affects their lives.

 

 

Peacebuilding

Assisting communities affected by conflict to build peaceful futures by reducing prejudice and fear and promoting positive solutions.

 

 

Theological

Building church ministers’ capacity to meet community development needs through training and resources on relevant topics, such as food security.

 

Helping marginalised people transform their lives

 

Certain groups of people in the Global South are more likely to miss out on the power of education. These include people from minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those living in extremely rural or poor areas.

Many of our projects focus on educating women, as two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people are female. Women are more likely to be poor and have little access to their rights. Yet educating women is one of the best ways to improve a family’s health, income and future.

“Providing education for women has a far wider impact than being able to read and write. It empowers them. And when women are empowered, whole families benefit.”

– Georgina Saad from The Economist Group, a Feed the Minds supporter

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