Our mission is to support students internationally in their pursuit of education by improving their access to resources that will foster academic success. Learning Beyond Borders seeks to develop global citizenship through cross-cultural exchange and through the promotion of awareness about education.
What we do
Learning Beyond Borders forges partnerships with young students in rural Uganda through letters and scrapbook exchanges while also financially supporting their education with the purchase of academic and extracurricular supplies. At present, the three schools we have the opportunity to support and grow with are Kakooga Primary School, Rugaaga Primary School, and Kyakayombya Primary School.
Addressing global inequities in educational opportunities is a component of global development. There are specific philosophies that guide the work of Learning Beyond Borders.
1) Development is more than money and infrastructure – it’s about building communities
2) Development is most effective when guided by the needs and aspirations of the community
3) Development needs to be sensitive to the local context and environment
4) Development is a long-term project that must be given time
5) Development comes with opportunities for and challenges that must be overcome to reach more sustainable solutions
6) Development comes with two-way benefits, promoting human development and global citizenship
Learning Beyond Borders was founded in 2007 by high school students at Old Scona Academic High School, under the NGO HEAL International. With help from HEAL, the group works to build cultural connections and support communities through sustainable fundraising with a focus on increasing educational opportunities.
Presently, LBB is in the process of expanding to other institutions across Canada, thus increasing its volunteer base and fundraising successes. Two chapters have been founded at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, while the original high school club at Old Scona Academic is maintained.