Last Friday, during the Headmaster’s assembly, we were delighted to welcome Ellen Smith from United World Schools (UWS) who gave a presentation in Chapel. Ellen spoke about the power of education and the work of UWS, whose aim is to break the cycle of illiteracy in one generation across Asia.
She revealed that 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students left school with basic reading skills. A child born to an educated mother is 50 per cent more likely to survive past the age of five and twice as likely to attend school. UWS exists to teach the unreached, as they work in the poorest regions, to give every child access to free education. They partner with local communities and supporters around the world to do this.
Both SVS and SVPS are working together to raise as much money as possible for our partner school, UWS Hile School in Nepal, which opened in 2018 and now has 180 children enrolled. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now even more important to help this school community thrive and enable the children to receive a life-changing education.
This year’s Charity Committee is committed to helping this international charity and all monies raised will go directly to UWS Hile School. Please do have a look at the UWS website to learn more – https://www.unitedworldschools.org/.
To start the initial fundraising, our Juniors are taking part in a socially-distanced sponsored musical statue game, and the Sixth Form will donate all the money they raise for Movember to the cause.