Coming from a background of corporate research, marketing and new business development, I was shocked at the lack of focus on creativity, business, and entrepreneurship in most schools. This was coupled with the observation that there is a large and growing gap between the education available to the rich compared to those from underprivileged backgrounds. This being especially true from female students. So how to make a difference? The education community is unfortunately relatively conservative and changes are slow in coming. It would be unlikely that I could have a significant impact on the schools chosen syllabus or curriculum, or indeed the testing and examination methods employed. However, there is a school activity which is an environment which is largely unregulated by exams and syllabi, and in which students have a real opportunity to be creative and different. From this thought came our IWA Club activities. Could we not set-up a network of school clubs where the students are themselves driving change with a focus on female empowerment? Could we not set-up a network in which underprivileged students could find a route to a quality education? Could we not set-up a network of clubs in which female students could develop leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial and teamwork skills in a dynamic and real environment? We believe we can and the rapid growth of our IWA Club network shows that we are not the only ones who think this is a powerful model. Therefore, I invite you to be a part of IWA.
Dr Peter John Le Masurier Co-Founder of IWA
In today’s connected world we can observe events across the planet as they unfold. The news brings, for the most part, stories of suffering and injustice, often on a scale that is beyond comprehension and to which many are now immune. Considering how to make a difference can seem overwhelming at times. IWA is creating a platform through which girls across different continents, rich and poor can connect to develop real opportunities, both through education and by engagement in programmes of mutual support. The central theme: a global network of opportunity developing entrepreneurial prowess, independent thought, leadership skills and empowerment. Through technology, we are developing the means to connect villages in rural Africa and Asia to the metropolis of the modern world. By virtue of these connections, we provide scholarships, on line education, summer/winter camps and funding for technology in areas of low internet usage. Our targets are aligned with UN Millennium Development Goals and we believe that by focusing on the often neglected half of the world’s population, we can empower girls to make a difference to our entire planet.
I have been involved in Education as a teacher, Headmaster and now as a specialist in new school development for over twenty years, having opened five schools throughout my career. Experience of education at the most privileged end of the spectrum has prompted a desire to reach out to those who are deprived of these opportunities. I am a proponent of IWA because it does not distinguish between rich and poor; it is not a charity; it is about making connections for life through education, business, community and government, empowering girls of all backgrounds to help others and themselves strive for equal recognition and success.