Open Schools Worldwide, Africa

Contact: Dr. Alan McIlhenny (Executive Director)
Focus: Literacy and numeracy for vulnerable children

Over 52 million children do not attend school in Africa, despite education being one potential way out of poverty. Building more schools is not always the best way to address this problem. Buildings are expensive, may not be located where the children are and staffing salaries may be unsustainable.

OSWW has come up with an innovative response. A literacy/numeracy programme has been specially designed to teach children up to grade three level in six months (flexible depending upon number of classes possible per week). Open Schools Worldwide trains local volunteers as teachers and they deliver lessons in community centres, under trees and in homes, wherever the children are. OSWW finds the volunteers in Christian schools and organisations with which it partners. There are currently 4,500 children receiving an education and being taught by 500 volunteers. There are projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Kenya and with possible expansion into other countries. Innovation within development work is highly valued by WDR. 

WDR's relationship with those on the ground has benefitted most recently from a visit to South Africa in June 2017.


Lord our hearts unite in prayer for the Open Schools Literacy, Numeracy & Life skills programme faithfully delivered by a dedicated volunteer core in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
We pray for compassion, patience and wisdom for the volunteers as they relate with children often traumatised by abuse and dire poverty. May they have eyes of faith to see each child as You would and open hearts to convey Your love, grace and peace.
We pray for good health for the children, for protection as they walk to a safe place to learn, for a love for learning and for seeds of righteousness to guide them to Christ. We pray for those who manage Open Schools, who so passionately yearn to serve the millions of unschooled children around the world.
Guide them through every challenge and let them be a beacon for You.