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.


Our gracious, loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for your continued favour and for the generosity of the Methodist people of Ireland who support our ministry to the precious children of Africa. Lord, please pour out Your blessings upon OSWW and the many children and young people we reach daily in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya through teaching and the love of Christ. Grant wisdom in plans to help children in Uganda, Nigeria and South Sudan. Bless the children that we have been able to place into formal schooling and encourage those who are now working or seeking employment. May they know your love.