World Education, Inc.

  • I Implementer


World Education, Inc. (WEI) is a U.S. non-profit organization established in 1951 that is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, social, and economic development programs. WEI reaches well over a million children and adults in over 20 countries. WEI has been a leader in promoting innovative formal and non-formal education programs. In collaboration with local, national and international partners, WEI designs and implements capacity building initiatives in sectors including formal, non-formal and vocational education; adult education; second language acquisition; early grade reading; school governance; youth development; and community and civil society development. WEI is a leader in building the skills, talents, and resources of local groups and government ministries so they can accomplish their missions. Building local capacity and fostering self-reliance through a “trainer of trainers” approach are central to both our overseas and domestic programs. In its role as catalyst, WEI strives to promote autonomy both by strengthening government capacity and empowering people to plan and implement their own programs for social and economic change. The Bantwana Initiative of World Education (WEI/B) improves the wellbeing of vulnerable children and their caregivers and families affected by HIV and AIDS and poverty—with particular focus on improving development outcomes for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). WEI/B has successfully developed, piloted, assessed, and refined innovative and effective models that mitigate the effects of HIV and poverty amongst vulnerable children, youth and their families through delivery of health (including HIV and ASRH), child protection (including GBV and VAC), economic strengthening, and education services that have been adopted by national governments and attracted additional funding for scale up across East and Southern Africa.

Primary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Program/Project Implementation

Secondary Functions

  • Other
  • Policy Development/Implementation
  • Research - project evaluation

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Post-secondary
  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Early childhood development
  • Other
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Vocational training


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • School violence
  • Teacher training


  • Civics education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Gender equality
  • HIV and STIs
  • Masculinities/boys
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Mentorship
  • Migration
  • Nutrition
  • Other
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Other cultural practices
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Sports
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

Locations and contact information Back to Top


World Education, Inc.

Headquarters location(s)

  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Office location(s)

  • Australia
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Eswatini
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Senegal
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • United States of America
  • Zimbabwe


Gill Garb
Vice President
World Education, Inc.

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Benin
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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