Around the world, millions of children never see the inside of a classroom – meaning they miss out of life-changing opportunities.
Other children drop out of school because their classes are overcrowded or their teachers poorly trained. Many, like Venetia whose story is shown in the video below, are robbed of the chance to learn because of conflict; others because they’re a girl, or come from a poor family, or live in a rural area. And for children whose worlds have been turned upside down by conflict or environmental disaster, education offers stability and hope.
In the UK, too, children’s lives are shaped by their education. The poorest children do less well at school than their wealthier classmates - and low literacy is linked to low pay and unemployment.
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