In order to effectively fight poverty around the world, the lack of education for children in developing countries must be addressed. Education gives the next generation the tools to make wise choices and improve their life standing. Unfortunately, the challenge of keeping children in schools is daunting and many parents have difficulty affording the associated costs of the required school uniforms, books and supplies. Even in school, students are faced with inferior learning environments, under qualified and poorly trained teachers, and lack of educational resources.
Improving education is at the core of everything BBW does. Our volunteers use their teaching experience to train the local PreK-12 teachers on classroom techniques and curriculum development to increase critical thinking skills. BBW teams regularly provide after school enrichment camps, giving students diverse experiences that take them beyond rote learning into problem solving and higher-level thinking.
For adult learners, our partners are focused on teaching people a marketable skill through newly developed trade school programs. BBW launched its first track, a cosmetology training program, targeting unemployed high school graduates and opening a door that will hopefully one day enable them to provide for their families.
We are of course passionate about health education and have programs to train health care advocates as first responders in their communities. BBW has partnered with a nursing school and is providing enhanced educational workshops and shadowing opportunities for students. To pass along vital health knowledge needed by everyone, teams create forums for learning while patients are in the clinic, and through our annual health conferences. Hundreds of men and women have benefited from the basic medical information being taught and are enabled to make wise decisions about their health!