72 million children around the world have zero access to education. 264 million children do not go to school. 759 million adults remain illiterate and unaware of how to improve the living conditions of their children.
Education IS Opportunity. At Gensuite, we understand that knowledge solves some of the world’s toughest problems, which is why we’re committed to increasing access to education and continued learning opportunities around the globe. Gensuite first learned about buildOn when exploring ways to increase access to education around the world. buildOn works with impoverished communities, where students learn in huts, are taught under trees or don’t go to school at all, to build schools.
Malawi, East Africa is a country south of Tanzania and northeast of Zimbabwe. It is amongst the world’s least-developed countries. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, healthcare, environmental protection, and becoming financially independent amidst widespread unemployment. After raising money to build a school, Gensuite sent employees Jess and Yanshie to Malawi to learn about the country, the culture, and to help build the school.
Education is the foundation that evolves countries and helps boost them out of poverty. An individual can generate forward momentum toward change, but it truly takes a community to see that change through. Jess & Yanshie learned firsthand about the importance of collaboration as they helped the entire community of Dwankhali build a school for children. It was a group effort to dig out the foundation, mix the cement and fetch the water – they walked one kilometer to the river, and bucket by bucket, they brought back water and danced along the way.
Listen to the interview with Jess and Yanshie to learn about their experience building the school with the community of Dwankhwali.