Prof tackles poverty overseas through education
January 15, 2015

After 14 years of teaching, travelling and building schools overseas, Geoff Morgan recently returned home to Canada and landed a part-time faculty position in the School of Health and Wellness at Georgian. But being home didn’t mean he left the projects he’d been doing behind. As founder of Building Walls of Wisdom, Geoff is hard at work continuing to empower communities and make education accessible to children across the world.

Young male surrounded by children in developing country overseas

Geoff with students in Yapala, northern Ghana, where Building Walls of Wisdom completed its largest project to date – a three-classroom block that accommodates 150 students. Just a few years ago the total literacy rate in the community was only three per cent. The school is helping to change that by enabling an entire generation of children to earn an education.

To date, Geoff’s organization of micro-philanthropists has secured funding to build schools in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Ghana. The team is about to launch 100 Champions of Change – an initiative that will empower 100 people to change the lives of 1,000 children and an entire community in Arenera – Leon, Nicaragua.

After graduating from Queen’s University with a teaching degree in 2000, Geoff headed overseas to start his career. In 2009, he approached friends and family about raising money to build a school in a developing country. The response was overwhelming and Geoff soon launched Building Walls of Wisdom, building the first school in Kenya that year. Since then, 14 schools have been built, with the organization working closely with local officials to ensure each is staffed with teachers. The schools costs between $10,000 and $35,000 to construct – all of which come from donations.