We see promoting education as the primary goal of onevillage. For us there's no question that creating educational opportunities to empower future generations of community leaders is the single most important step towards creating a strong and healthy community. In addition to providing financial access for students in need, the goal is to design new and creative ways to reach students, especially those students that are often left behind when traditional local teaching methods do not effectively reach or inspire them. To this end we focus our approach on the following initiatives:
- Funding primary and secondary school fees for any child who cannot afford to go to school
- Funding university scholarships
- Creating western and local educational collaborations including international teacher volunteer programs for local teacher training and student tutoring
- Providing school supplies including books
The benefits of an educated population cannot be overstated. In an effort to foster a sense of community responsibility, the recipients of onevillage college scholarships will be required to return to their community after graduation for a set period of time to mentor, support and inspire the next generation of leaders.
I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is vertical, so it's humiliating. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.”