Tailored for Education’s mission is to provide school uniforms to children in developing countries where one of the requirements for enrollment is having the proper attire. While the majority of schools we are working with are privately funded by NGOs, they typically still require the family to pay a small tuition fee and cover the cost of the uniform. Only a small percentage of schools in these countries are free.Sadly, the uniform cost coupled with the tuition is too much for the family, preventing the child from attending school. Often, a child begins primary school but for financial reasons has to stop and go to work. An erratic stop-and-go attendance is thus created; clearly not a proper or effective education. By providing uniforms, Tailored for Education will lessen the financial burden families face and allow children an opportunity to attend school.
Since Tailored for Education operates out of Boston and does not work on the ground in the countries we will be assisting, we are partnering with established and reputable non-government organizations to achieve our mission. By leveraging the existing relationships these organizations have in place, we are able to safely and efficiently procure and distribute uniforms to families, schools and parishes. In addition, working with these organizations ensures all uniforms will be manufactured locally, benefiting the local economy.
Our hope is that the money saved on uniforms will go toward providing food, clean water and/or shelter for the family. In addition, the sense of pride instilled by wearing a uniform has a tremendous impact on the children’s self-esteem, both inside and outside of the school walls. When all students in the classroom are wearing the same thing, there is no distinguishing between poverty levels; everyone is on an even playing field. By providing a uniform, Tailored for Education hopes to give these children the gift of education and the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and future generations.