Areas of Focus: Inclusive Learning

Inclusive learning recognises the vast spectrum of circumstances in which people learn—many not in formal school settings—as well as the diversity of learning needs of young people. It embraces the idea that all young people deserve a quality learning experience that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers, and anticipates a variety of learning needs and preferences. Inclusive learning can take place in both formal and non-formal learning environments, face to face, and online.

We support local solutions that aim to address the need for safe, inclusive (on and offline) environments that nurture learning for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, migration, ethnicity, caste, religion, or disability status.

Inclusive learning and quality education promote 21st century skills and competencies—transferrable skills and knowledge that equip young people for their rapidly evolving societies today and the expected velocity of change for their futures. Relevance is more important than traditional academic achievement.

We support local partners that provide:

  • academic support, inside or outside of classrooms
  • teacher training
  • 21st century skills, digital literacy, and training in relevant international languages

EMpower supports programmes that aim to:

  • Prevent school drop-out or find alternative continued learning pathways
  • Close the gender gap in school options, achievement, and completion
  • Develop cognitive and non-cognitive skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication

Our Grantee Partners' Work in Inclusive Learning

United Through Sport (UTS), South Africa

The quality of education in South Africa is ranked 137th out of 139 nations worldwide, with the Eastern Cape suffering most due to poor infrastructure and socioeconomic indicators. In addition to high unemployment and a poor healthcare system, the Eastern Cape has the lowest school pass rate of the country’s nine provinces.

United Through Sport provides participants with the skills needed to succeed in and graduate from secondary school, setting them on a path toward tertiary education or vocational training. Focused on working with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, UTS uses the power of sport to provide underserved young people with increased educational opportunities, awareness of health issues, and life skills.

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