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.


Father God,
You teach us to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We praise you for the many new children that OSWW is able to serve in a Nairobi slum, a remote village in Zambia, a bushman village and a rubbish dump in Zimbabwe. We pray for energy for Alan McIlhenny as he has taken on leadership again of OSWW until a new Director is found. We give thanks for Monique who has joined Dorian in the Africa office. We ask for the provision of funds and staff to meet the many requests for help. Bless the volunteers who seek to share your love as they teach. Amen