What We Believe
- We believe in creating a global classroom, one school at a time.
- We believe in providing a better education for every child in the world.
- We believe that cross-cultural interactions will nurture a better understanding between peoples of the world.
- We believe in strong partnerships with local organizations, as we trust local people to develop the best answers to local problems.
- We believe that beneficiaries must be involved in all aspects of program development for a long lasting impact to their lives.
- We believe that when we focus our efforts on improving youth education and communication, global challenges will be better understood, and more solutions will be creatively explored.
- We believe that rigorous evaluation and assessment is necessary for programs to have the impact intended, and adaptive management of programs may also be necessary for successful outcomes.
- We believe in keeping young girls in school.
“We believe that while educating a boy will change a life, educating a girl will change an entire nation.” Nicholas Sironka, Maasai Fulbright Fellow, 2001 ISSP Ambassador of Scholarships and Advisory Board Member
While ISSP programs will serve all students at the primary and secondary school levels, gender equity is a strong focus. In the past few decades, we have seen the role and status of women begin to change in many communities in developing countries around the world, including Africa. Women’s skills, resilience, determination, and ingenuity is something that we value dearly. Through our ISSP youth education programs, it is envisioned that more girls will gain power over their lives.
We strongly believe that with equal access to a good education, women in the developing world will become more self-sufficient, experience increased earning opportunities and achieve better health care, resulting in fewer deaths in childbirth, and fewer children dying from preventable diseases. With a good education, girls will gain literacy and confidence, increasing their opportunities to speak out against inequity and violence. Given a good education, an entire generation of girls will have more opportunities than their mothers. Men’s understanding and support in this gender education process is also critical.
“In Kenya women are the first victims of environmental degradation, because they are the ones who walk for hours looking for water, who fetch firewood, who provide food for their families.”
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize