The Oasis family is world-wide, with projects serving
communities from Grimsby to Southampton, from Bangladesh to Mozambique. Oasis
Community Learning, a Multi-Academy Trust and UK education provider is in fact
just one part of a family of Oasis charities.
The ‘Oasis Global’ part of the family operates in ten other
countries – Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique,
South Africa, Uganda, USA and Zimbabwe. The ultimate aim of community
transformation is achieved through a varying range of services in each country,
including healthcare, anti-human trafficking, adult and child education, youth
services and more.
The word family runs through our organisation, and we work
closely with colleagues across the globe to learn from one another, share
experience and develop the very best practice for everyone.
All Oasis Academies take part in the Oasis Global
Partnerships Programme, with each of our Academies in the UK partnered with one
or more of the 10 other countries that Oasis operates in. The Global
Partnerships Programme allows both staff and students in our UK Academies to
learn more about challenges faced around the world, further enrich the
curriculum for students and help us to become better global citizens.
On the flipside, Oasis Global’s work benefits from both
fund- and awareness raising support from colleagues and students in the UK,
with each Academy often choosing to host a range of events and initiatives
throughout the year to support their partner country. Staff and students from
Academies regularly visit their partner countries, bringing with them a wealth
of expertise and experience to share.
One shining example of the Global Partnership Programme in
action has been the support for Oasis’ first Global Academy, Oasis Academy
Oasis Academy Musoto was born out of the desperate need for
‘exceptional’ education in Uganda. At the time, the 20,000 strong population
was served by just a handful of schools, with high fees and additional costs often
excluding the most vulnerable in the community.
In order for the Academy to be fully sustainable, thousands
of pounds needed to be raised to cover both the cost of building works and the
cost of ensuring we can provide quality education for those students. Academies
in our South West Region who are partnered with Oasis Uganda collectively rose
to the challenge of supporting their partner country. A week of fundraising
specifically named ‘Oasis Academy Musoto Week’ saw thousands of pounds raised
in a number of ways such as cake sales, obstacle courses and car washes. This
was followed later in the year by a ‘cycle to Musoto’, which saw the partnered
UK Academies cycle the distance from Bristol to Oasis Academy Musoto in Uganda
– a total of 4,600 miles.
The partnership between Oasis Community Learning and Oasis
Global is vital for both staff and students in the UK, and for Oasis’ global
projects to receive further support. Oasis Community Learning Academies will continue
to support the life-changing work of their global counterparts over the
upcoming year and beyond.
If you would like to help support Oasis Academy Musoto or
other Global Projects visit our global site http://www.oasisglobal.org/donation
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