Why Education?

Feed the Minds believes that education makes a world of difference. Education is the key to tackling poverty, improving health and building brighter futures. Through education and training individuals use skills to transform their own lives and communities.

Photo: one of the women supported by our project empowering rural women farmers in Sierra Leone

Despite literacy being such a fundamental part of our everyday lives, around the world there are still over 750 million adults who have no basic literacy skills.
This is unacceptable, and is why our projects specialise on practical adult education in some of the hardest to reach communities around the world.

Literacy skills mean so much more than reading, writing and counting; they act as a toolbox in our daily lives to open up opportunities to learn, make a living and be active members in our societies. And, for people living in some of the poorest communities in the world, having literacy skills can be life-saving: giving people the knowledge and skills needed to stand up for their human rights, to say no to violence, to know how to prevent illness and also to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

That’s why for 50 years Feed the Minds has put literacy at the heart of its work, by running education and training projects to help some of the world’s poorest people to transform their own material and spiritual lives.

We deliver our practical education projects in partnership with grassroots organisations in developing countries, which ensures our work is innovative, locally relevant and sustainable, creating long-term change. This reflects our values of partnership, creativity, integrity and diversity.

Photo: Women supported by our adult education project in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi, which focuses on Voctional Skills training with local partner AFECOPAD

How our work is making a real impact:

Abda’s Story: Abda, who was supported by our project in Pakistan, grew up in a rural village where she worked from an early age instead of going to school due to poverty. She was just 14 years old she was married to a much older man, who didn’t work and would beat and abuse her when she asked him to find work, and who later divorced her.

When Abda was selected to be a Health Literacy Learner as part of our project, it gave her confidence, better knowledge of health issues and her rights as a woman. Read her story here.