More than 260 million children worldwide do not have access to schooling.
Education for every single child
One in five children worldwide cannot attend school. Insufficient school infrastructure, conflicts, natural disasters, poverty, gender — these are all factors that make it difficult for children to exercise their right to education.
The immediate and long-term consequences of no education are severe for the children affected. More than that, they present an immense challenge to the stability and development of whole societies.
Education paves the way for individual, social and economic development and teaches children important values such as gender equality, environmental awareness, respect and tolerance towards fellow people etc.
We therefore campaign to enable all children to exercise their right to education, even if they are affected by war, natural disasters, poverty or marginalisation.
It is our vision for every child to benefit from high-quality basic education by 2030.
Education in crisis situations
In crisis situations, education can act as a measure to protect children, it can support them in a sustainable way and even save their lives. Education helps children to experience stability and structures and protects them from danger, because it can teach them about topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition and protection. Moreover, children who go to school are less exposed to the risk of being abused, kidnapped or recruited for armed groups.
With our projects for education in crisis situations, we campaign worldwide for children to receive schooling even during humanitarian crises.
Early childhood development
The first few years in a child’s life are crucial to their development. A child’s experiences during this phase are highly formative and can impact their entire life.
An estimated 250 million children under the age of five are not being appropriately supported in their development. They do not have access to preschool education, and their healthy development is hampered by illness and malnutrition.
At Save the Children, we support public authorities in creating preschool infrastructure, we introduce nursery teachers to playful approaches to teaching, support parents in adopting non-violent parenting skills and in encouraging their children appropriately, and provide access to other important services relating to health, nutrition and protection.
In this way, we can give children, especially those from disadvantaged population groups, the chance to benefit from optimal early childhood development, to acquire the basic skills they will need for school and to achieve equal developmental opportunities.
Early Childhood Development in Urban Informal Settlements and Slums The report highlights the need for a multilevel and multisectoral approach, including the involvement of the local community, the training/capacity building of caregivers, the cost-effectiveness and adaptiveness to local contexts. pdf - 9,13 MB