There is a desperate need worldwide for quality educational opportunities for students of all ages. In many emerging countries access to educational opportunities is, indeed, limited or restricted to those who have financial resources. While barriers do exist, educational projects can be found throughout the developing world. These are managed by indigenous staff who are dedicated and gifted educators, and many of these projects are funded through charities located in the developing world.
Mpowering Hope recognizes and understands this worldwide need for education as involving three very distinct areas. First, U.S. churches, charities, individuals and educational groups that want to make a real difference should understand and appreciate how efforts can help or hurt.
There is a delicate balance between helping towards wholeness and helping in ways that, inadvertently, stunt personal growth and/or undermine the local indigenous community and their management efforts. Second, indigenous managers, administrators, teachers and staff are themselves often under-trained and under-supported. Therefore, they welcome opportunities to increase their own knowledge base and enhance their individual skills and abilities to the betterment of their local communities. Third, the educational process can be quite challenging in communities ravaged by poverty and/or violence.
Children and families deserve educational approaches that take into account informal and short-term training in needed skill sets which can benefit the broader community almost immediately. A holistic approach to effective child education recognizes and honors the role of family and community. Economic development efforts which focus on improving communal life can improve outcomes in education since connectedness and interdependence are strong resilience mechanisms in much of the emerging world.