‘I felt like anything was possible. The whole world was listening to our discussion on the needs of children around the world; their education, their health, their opportunity’. Send a Cow’s Development Education Manager, Dr Heidi Harrison, returned from Global Education conferences in Brussels inspired and energised.

A highlight of Heidi’s trip was attending a talk from Malala Yousafzai, the young education campaigner who has sparked a global debate about girls’ education after she was shot by the Taliban for going to school. Heidi explains, ‘she represents so much of what Send a Cow wants to achieve: the empowerment of girls, no matter where they live, to make the most of themselves and help their country make a contribution on the global stage’.

A key theme of the conference was the role of education in development. Increasingly, development agencies are recognising that to really help countries prosper, humanitarian assistance must be combined with education to nurture skills and enterprise in the entire population. This long-term view will equip people in developing countries to build successful economies and communities in generations to come.

It’s an approach that echoes Send a Cow’s belief in the dignity and potential of people around the world. Our work is centred in self-help; by providing training, seeds and livestock we build the skills and self-esteem that poor families need to build a better future.

Send a Cow has been asked to join a number of high-profile bodies including the UNESCO Learning Metrics Task Force and the European Association of Development Research Institutes. We will also be presenting our ideas at conferences in Tunisia, Brussels and South Africa over the coming months.

Heidi came back from the conference buzzing with excitement about the next steps in Send a Cow’s Development Education programme:

‘It was like being surrounded by the superheroes of global education. I can’t wait to see what happens next!’