Life skills are necessary to handle problems commonly encountered in daily life. But poverty and conflict interrupt opportunities to go to school or grow up in stable and healthy environments. Conflict can also result in the total collapse of educational services. Re-establishing these services is a slow process, during which generations can be denied an education. WUSC works to provide young people with the tools to overcome these challenges as communities recover and rebuild by:
- improving the literacy and numeracy of youth after decades of civil war and unrest in South Sudan;
- building the confidence, knowledge, and skills of tsunami-affected youth and transitioning former child combatants from a military to civilian life in Sri Lanka;
- developing young girls’ leadership skills in Ghana and Kenya;
- empowering youth on university and college campuses in Canada, Burkina Faso and Ghana through skills training and leadership opportunities.