Every child has the right to an education. Our goal is that all children receive good quality education and that this right is fulfilled throughout the world, including during disasters. Education has the power to transform children’s futures, and education can at its best break inheritance of poverty from one generation to another.
Despite relatively positive developments over recent years, nearly 58 million children still do not receive basic education, and 28 million of them are unable to attend school because of armed conflicts. Education during the conflict can provide the security and meaningful things to do to the children, and thereby contribute to children’s coping of the conflict.
Specially, the children of vulnerable families are at risk of being excluded from education, and only a minority of children in developing countries has access to pre-school education. In particular, the poorest and most vulnerable children need if they are to succeed later on at school. Many are robbed of the chance to learn because they’re a girl or a part of ethnic minorities, or come from a poor family, or live in a rural area, or are working as a child labor, or they have special needs.
Hundreds of millions of children have had to interrupt their school attendance before they have had time to acquire basic knowledge and skills. School dropout may be caused, for example, poverty, conflicts or peer pressure. Overcrowded classes and poorly trained teachers reduce the quality of teaching and fall children’s motivation to attend school, which can also lead to dropping out from schools. Often, parents take their children out of school, if children do not learn due to poor teaching.
Save the Children aims to ensure a high-quality basic education for all children and to make sure that also children with disabilities receive education. We especially provide support for pre-schooling, which helps to ensure better performance at school and prevent the interruption of school attendance.
Library brings joy to local children
Books still fit into even a single cabinet in Gwau Tauk Hin village library in Myanmar. Most of the books are intended for children. One of the village volunteer librarians U Htwe Kyaw presents the book, which shows that the majority of borrowers of books are under 18-years-old.
“I’m also reading a lot, but I can’t find any more a new book from this library.” He laughs. “I wanted to specifically to be librarian, because I believe that through reading the children also learn how to grow up decent citizens.”
The children in courtyard of the library are also pleased with the library:
“We have never seen so many books in one place. Before we read only text books that could be found in schools – now there are also picture books that we like a lot!” children say.
Save the Children Finland is working in Myanmar in order to enhance access to education and to ensure that all children can succeed in school. We support children learning to read by supporting village libraries. Read more about our in Myanmar.