The technical skills we teach at our schools are aimed at securing a financially secure and sustainable future for every child in our care and filling skill needs in local economies.As green, or environmentally conscious, technologies grow, the need for people with the skills to engage with these technologies is growing and so it is a focus for our teaching.
Green skills are defined by the United Nations as “knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society”. Even if our children pursue an occupation after school that is not in one of these areas, they are instilled with an appreciation and responsibility for their environment and the knowledge to make environmentally sustainable decisions in their work.
Our education programmes exist to empower the poorest children to make long term, sustainable change in their lives and the lives of their families and communities. The subjects we teach at the schools enable our children to participate fully in society. They are educated with the practical skills needed in the local economy and encouraged to pursue careers which will support them, realise their passions and give them agency to make a better world for others.
Solar power as an alternative energy source is growing around the world and so too in Tanzania. With the country having huge potential to reach a higher level of renewable energy from solar power, there are opportunities for skilled youth to find meaningful occupations helping the country reduce dependence on fossil fuel energy. This leads to a cleaner environment. In poor rural areas where energy providers have no infrastructure to supply energy to rural communities, solar power can (quite literally) empower whole communities. So our children in Tanzania and around the world learn electrical and solar panel installation at school and the other key practical skills which will help their families and their communities and provide them with good jobs into the future.
The good health of the children at our school is at the heart of our work and for that they need a healthy diet. In all of our school programmes around the world, the Sisters emphasise healthy eating. Each school grows food on a small scale, in an effort to keep food costs lower, educate children around organic farming practises, give them a healthy activity to take part in, and use every resource to the best of their ability.
Many of our children decide to pursue careers in agriculture but even for children who don’t, this connection with the earth and the practical insight and involvement with how our food is produced instils in every child a deep love and appreciation for the environment around them, encouraging them to make decisions in life that sustain and protect the environment.
The children in our care now will drive change and be a big part of continuing to make our world a better place. They are the future leaders in business and their knowledge of, and attitude to, driving green technologies and practises will shape the activities that conserve and protect our planet for the future. From small scale environmentally conscious farming to driving change in large companies, our children are the future of a healthy planet and we are equipping them to face the challenge.
Mt Iztaccíhuatl Expedition Updates
In December 2023, Enrique climbs Mt Iztaccíhuatl. You can read his updates on training and preparing for the expedition here
In September 2023, the UN reviewed its progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over October, we reflected on how we work towards these goals within our programmes providing our children with the opportunities to escape from poverty and thrive.
Tanzania programme visit 2023
In September, Nicola and Carey from the World Villages team travelled to Tanzania for the inauguration of the new boys’ school in Dodoma. It will serve to educate some of the most impoverished boys in Tanzania.