The Universal Education Foundation was established in the Netherlands in 2004 as an advocacy foundation, working in co-creative partnerships, to inspire people to listen more to children and young people and to take more responsibility and initiative towards their holistic development, enabling them to live in harmony with themselves, others and the world at large.
UEF’s vision is Learning for Well-Being (L4WB), which is defined as “learning to realise one’s unique potential, through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development, in relation to oneself, others and the environment.” UEF believes that Learning for Well-being is the process and approach needed for people and societies to thrive.
The operational offices of UEF are in Brussels and Ramallah. The core team members and partners come from Europe, the Middle East and North America and are highly experienced professionals from the education, youth, health, mental health, culture, family policy and social sector working on research, advocacy, policy and training.
Over the past years, UEF has been building relationships around the L4WB perspective with an array of organisations in the fields of education, learning, and child welfare. which were prelude to the explicit creation of a L4WB Community (formalized in a meeting in January 2015 in Caux, Switzerland). Through Learning for Well-being, UEF and its parners, lead initiatives in the following activity areas: Measuring What Matters (Research and Assessment), Sharing What Works (Networking and Sharing of Good Practice) and Cultivating Capacities (Training and Capacity Development).
- Engaging Communities: Self-organised, multi-sector communities catalysed by Learning for Well-being
- Cultivating Capacities: Individuals and organisations have the competence and tools to operate holistically and systemically.
- Sharing What Works: Examples of good practice inspire a more fulfilling way of living.
- Measuring What Matters: Developing holistic models for assessment of children and adults for use in multiple sectors