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Save the Children and Norton Rose Fulbright have joined forces to tackle some of the biggest issues facing children today. Through its Global Charitable Initiative, Norton Rose Fulbright globally, will join Save the Children in supporting children and families living on the frontlines of the climate crisis. In addition, in Europe the Middle East and Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Save the Children are helping children catch-up on missed learning from COVID-19.

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Our Safe Back to School Partnership

Tackling the single biggest challenge to children’s education for a generation

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 forced the world’s schools to shut their doors to 1.6 billion children. After months at home, many children are back in the classroom. But millions of children living in poverty, children in refugee camps or fleeing conflict, children with disabilities and especially girls may never return to learning.

Save the Children and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP are joining forces to accelerate the recovery of the world’s educational landscape where it is needed most. As an inception partner for Save the Children’s Safe Back to School initiative in 2021, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP is helping children to continue their learning and return to education, so they can become who they want to be.

Safe Back to School is a coordinated response across Save the Children’s 120 countries to reverse the pandemic’s impact and directly ensure the return of 150 million children back into learning. The response pools the most effective resources, pilots innovative approaches at scale, and collaborates with governments, communities, the private sector and public institutions.

To achieve our ambitious goals, our multi-year partnership across Norton Rose Fulbright LLP’s EMEA offices will focus on three core pillars to address the most pressing and complex barriers to children’s progress.

  • Our delivery pillar will be responsive to the most urgent areas of need children are facing;
  • Our employee engagement pillar will leverage the expertise of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP’s employees on a volunteering and pro bono basis to deliver projects that tackle those complex barriers or that improve operations across Save the Children; and
  • Our advocacy pillar will engage our mutual networks, strengthen our convening power and amplify children’s voices. 


An 8-year-old girl waits at home for school to restart in Myanmar (June 2021).

An 8-year-old girl waits at home for school to restart in Myanmar (June 2021)

In the first year of our partnership, we will support 36 communities in Myanmar – a country where COVID-19 and recent conflict has disrupted education for nearly 12 million children. Our delivery pillar will help implement Catch-Up Clubs, an innovative approach within the Safe Back to School response that is highly targeted, data-driven, and cost-effective. The key components of our Catch-Up Clubs approach includes:

  • Remedial education classes – working with local communities to help children with basic reading, especially those who are most at risk of falling behind or dropping out entirely
  • Child protection case management – ensuring the most vulnerable children receive the emotional and psychological support they need to succeed  
  • Cash and voucher assistance – providing financial support to families who’ve been hit by the economic impacts of the pandemic, so they can buy the food and essentials they need to allow their children to learn 

Once proven, we aim to have the Catch-Up Clubs model replicated and used by other humanitarian organisations, multiplying our partnership impact for years to come.

Our Global Charitable Initiative Partnership

Building sustainable communities – for a future children deserve

Children are at the heart of the climate crisis. Their childhoods and their future are in peril.

In 2022, we teamed up with Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Charitable Initiative ‘Building Sustainable Communities’ to help transform one of the most ecologically fragile and impoverished areas of Cambodia. The new partnership will fund and support the GREEN project, helping more than 40,000 children and adults around the Tonle Sap Lake, including 8,089 fishing families.

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to more than a million people. But higher temperatures, drought, pollution, overfishing by commercial trawlers and environmental damage have led to a dramatic fall in the fish stocks many people rely on to earn a living. 

Communities struggle to adapt and diversify their livelihoods away from fishing to more sustainable options. Meanwhile, a lack of access to clean water and sanitation have led to environmental pollution. Children and families face a daily battle for survival and an uncertain future. More than half of the households around east Tonle Sap live below the national poverty line.

Our partnership will help children build a future they deserve. Working with children and families living around the Tonle Sap Lake, our GREEN project is:

  • providing clean drinking water and sanitation using climate-intelligent technologies, so children stay healthy 
  • helping families diversify their incomes through green initiatives to reduce reliance on the fishing industry
  • giving children the chance to go to school and learn by equipping and rebuilding classrooms, training teachers and providing safe travel.

Norton Rose Fulbright's 7,000-strong global personnel are raising funds to power change. And as a partnership we will explore ways to leverage Norton Rose Fulbright’s expertise to give families in Tonle Sap hands-on support and legal and strategic advice, and develop meaningful ways employees can get engaged in the project.

By working together and leveraging Norton Rose Fulbright’s deep expertise in areas of policy, finance and sustainability, together, we can help ensure many more children survive, learn and are protected from harm.

Find out more

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