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Back to school around the world

MCC's partners promote education in many places

Rachel Bergen, Mennonite Central Committee Canada
Sep 06, 2017 | Volume 21 Issue 17

Guarderia Moises: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
MCC partners with Stansberry Children’s Home. The children’s home has been a refuge for abandoned children since 1954. It also runs a daycare program called Guarderia Moises, providing a safe, educational environment in which children can learn and grow while their parents are focussed on sustaining their families. Pictured, students in the pre-Kindergarten class attend classes at the daycare program. (Stansberry photo by Juliane Kozel)

When a child learns, communities benefit and lives change. From Afghanistan to Canada, and Bangladesh to Burkina Faso, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is promoting education in order to foster leadership capabilities and help young people overcome obstacles locally and around the world. By working alongside local communities and partners, MCC hopes to increase access to education, improve the quality of learning, support vocational training and promote peace. Welcome to class.

—Corrected Sept. 27, 2017

Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme: Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable in Bangladesh, facing poverty and language barriers. MCC addresses these issues by supporting multilingual education and homework clubs for children from these communities through its partner organization, Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme. This organization runs a multilingual education program in six schools in Rajshahi district, including the school where Megha Baski, left, and Prity Murmu study. (MCC photo by Dave Klassen)


Adult Learning and Education Facilitation:
Kabul, Afghanistan

Life can be difficult for women who haven’t had a formal education. The Adult Learning and Education Facilitation project in Kabul concentrates on skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for these women to successfully navigate the literate world. Through classes on literacy, numeracy and conflict resolution, the MCC-supported project helps participants make better-informed decisions to positively impact the well-being of their families and communities. (MCC photo by Matthew Lester)

Bread of Life Belgrade Roma Education Program: Belgrade, Serbia
Basic education can be challenging to complete when the ethnic group you belong to is oppressed. Pictured, teaching assistant Amela Zejhulouski, right, works with Besmir Bajrami, left, and Eldin Raimovski, centre, at the Little School in Surčin, just outside Belgrade. The project primarily helps Roma children complete elementary school and learn Serbian, and encourages parents to support their children’s education. The program also aims to decrease the prejudice toward Roma prevalent in the non-Roma population in schools and institutions. (MCC photo by Matthew Lester)

International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP): Canada
Moving across the world can be an education in and of itself! Shirley Vaca Vargas, left, originally from Bolivia, is volunteering at the Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg through MCC’s IVEP program, a year-long work and cultural exchange opportunity for Christian young adults. Vargas enjoys working with children like Jordin LeClaire, right, improving her English and learning about the indigenous peoples in Canada at the same time. At home in Bolivia, Vargas studies medicine and plans to return to school there at the end of the year. (MCC photo by Alison Ralph)

Seed of Hope: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
This education program through MCC’s partner, Assemblies of God AIDS Action, pays for school, food and medical costs for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Pictured, Theodore Kangambega gives advice to children during one of the organization’s monthly meetings, during which families socialize and participate in lectures and debates centred on health and education. (MCC photo by James Souder)


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