LONDON, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Alfonso Galdi - Chairman of World for People Foundation: "Our ambitious goal is to implement the first experimental project in education by launching World for EDU"
Playing a key role in the creation of socially innovative educational projects: this is one of the main objectives which will give life to the very first World for People Foundation school in Kamatipe, one of the poorest outskirts in Kitwe city-Zambia.
The World for People School (http://www.worldforpeople.org/projects/world-for-people-school-zambia/) is the first project under the World for EDU initiative created in partnership between World for People, WOR(l)D and the local charity in Kamatipe which built the school with just over $500K in donations. The school is composed by 16 classrooms and currently attended by around 940 primary school pupils. After several on site research trips, World for People has decided to take the lead of the school and it will contribute to the education of pupils and positively affect the over 15,000 inhabitants of Kamatipe.
This project has been selected by the Board of Trustees following an international call for applications launched by the Foundation earlier this year. Its aim is to fund development programs which will be implemented with the aid of socially innovative projects using cutting-edge technology.
After selecting the project amongst a large number of applicants, World for People Foundation in partnership with WOR(l)D will take over the management of the school with the aim of turning it into an experimental project. The main goal is to equip pupils with the best educational tools.
"I decided to suggest this project to the Trustees Board," stated World for People Foundation Chairman Mr. Alfonso Galdi, "after assessing different buildings during my research trip around different organisations which applied for funding. We found that the building itself has a lot of potential for expansion. We shall release the news in early 2015."
This project was conceived during a critical time, especially given the 50th Independence anniversary of Zambia on the 24th of October. With less than 500 days left to the 2015 target date for achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development and 'Education for All' goals, there are still 58 million children not receiving schooling and 250 million children who are still illiterate even after four years of schooling.
Our utmost priority is providing the highest quality education; education to shape the world into a better place. As the Special Envoy for the UN Global Education initiative Gordon Brown argued that "We need education first, education foremost, education forever."
About the project and WOR(l)D:
World for EDU is a Program of World for People Foundation which supports local entities by empowering the community with education, facilitating dialogue between civil society and institutions. The main goal is to decrease inequality among society by empowering weaker individuals with the best educational tools in order to join the decision-making process of their community. Only by acquiring intellectual honesty citizens can determine their own destiny.
World for EDU funds educational projects in developing countries. Notably, the program sponsors educational centres in the poorest areas of the world in order to help especially women and children (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE-xhZ9zRLc).
WfP School in Zambia
World for People Foundation School is a project under World for EDU. It represents an unprecedented chance to change the destiny of communities by channelling efforts towards social innovation, technology and sustainable development. These core values are in line with the United Nations Global Compact, which the Foundation joined as participant in 2014.
Kamatipe, Kitwe-Zambia, Africa
Creating a school where IT knowledge, social innovation and sustainable development are at the core of the mission. A special focus is also given to renewable energy production in order to generate a long term sustainability plan for the community.
-Direct: 940 children
-Indirect: the whole community counting over 15,000 inhabitants benefitting from the action plan.
Lenght of the project
3 initial years to be extended to 5
Improving people's lives, offering an unequalled business opportunity as well as revolutionary products: these are the pivotal mission points of WOR(l)D and CEO Fabio Galdi. In just over few years, WOR(l)D has established itself as one of the leaders in networked economy.
Featuring the latest generation of pioneering wearable technology, Space computer and Space glasses will allow users to comfortably wear binocular smart glasses connected to a small 8x4 cm personal computer.
However ambition does not prevent WOR(l)D to widen only the tech horizon. In fact, one of the main brands under WOR(l)D, Power Clouds, establishes itself to be one of the largest solar energy producers in the world with the creation of almost 20 solar plants and counting worldwide in just one year.
WOR(l)D is therefore a multifaceted company which establishes itself as ground-breaking innovator in tech, renewable energies and social entrepreneurship.
SOURCE World for People Foundation