Education

Education has the power to transform children’s lives, now and for generations to come. We're helping millions of children go to school.

Education is many children's route out of poverty. It gives them a chance to gain valuable knowledge and skills, and to improve their lives. And it means when they grow up, their children will have a much better chance of surviving and thriving.

But millions of children today never see the inside of a classroom. Many others drop out, often because their class is overcrowded and the teachers poorly trained.

That's why we're helping millions of children go to school for the first time, and improving the quality of the education on offer.

Beating the odds in Britain 

In the UK, the poorest children do much worse at school on average than their better off classmates. By the time they reach GCSEs, children from poor families do half as well as their better off classmates (27% of children from poor families get 5 or more good GCSE passes, compared with 55% from better off families).

That’s why we're working in partnership with Families and Schools Together (FAST), an award-winning, project that supports parents in improving their children’s learning and development at home, so they can reach full potential at school.

Find out more about FAST.

Education in emergencies

Children always tell us the same thing in emergency situations – what they want most of all is to get back to school. That’s true whether they’re recovering from a natural disaster – like the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 – or growing up amid conflict.

Children’s right to a decent education is as basic as their right to food and water. That’s why we called for education to become a key part of emergency responses – along with shelter, nutrition and medicine. Now we’re a lead agency in coordinating education in emergencies.

Education in conflict

Children growing up in war-torn countries are most at risk of missing out on school.

We're currently working in partnership with the EU and the Norwegian Refugee Council on bringing education to 5,000 children in the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia. Find out more about the EU Children of Peace initiative

Our Rewrite the Future campaign helped 1.6 million children in conflict-affected countries into school in the last five years. It’s the equivalent of opening two new schools a day. But with over half the world’s out-of-school children in conflict affected countries, much more needs to be done.