Every child has the right to an education.  

Yet even today, tens of millions of children do not receive basic education. As a result of armed conflicts, natural disasters, and a global COVID-19 pandemic, children’s education is cut short. The opportunity to return to school decreases as more time passes. The lack of education particularly affects the poorest families. Children may also be excluded from education because they are girls, disabled, ethnic minorities or child workers.  

Quality basic education enables children to have a future and, at best, can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. As a child acquires comprehensive knowledge, he or she has more opportunities for agency. Save the Children aims to make sure that every child has access to inclusive, high-quality and safe early childhood and primary education. In addition, in our programs we train teachers and ensure the conditions for learning by supporting, for example, the availability of learning materials. Continuation of education is always guaranteed especially with children in conflict or crisis situations. 

Our goal is to ensure that no child is left out of quality basic education.  

What is done in our programs?  

Ensuring everyone has access to education.  

We pay attention to the poorest and most vulnerable children. Together with local communities we create education support systems in which child-centered social security enables support for the poorest families. Various child benefits make it possible for families to send children to school. 

Preventing dropouts. 

We spread information to parents about the benefits of education and the safety it provides for children. We report on the disadvantages of child labor and early marriages in an effort to ensure that each child returns to the school bench each year. We support the opportunity for every child to continue from early childhood education to basic education.  

Minorities are taken into account. 

We support the hiring of minority representatives as teachers, the development of minority-sensitive curricula, the construction of comprehensive sanitation systems and ease of physical access to school. 

Supporting learning in crisis situations.  

We support teaching and learning in crisis situations. We establish learning centers in refugee camps and distribute materials for learning in distance. We enable children to access psychological help. We strive to ensure the safety of schools in war-torn countries.  

Read more about our education-related programs in our latest news.