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Millions of children never see inside a classroom. Others drop out due to overcrowded classes, conflict, or because they're a girl.
In the UK, the poorest children do less well at school than wealthier classmates - and low literacy is linked to low pay and unemployment.
But education offers hope to kids whose worlds have turned upside down.
We're working to improve early years learning and keep childcare costs on the political agenda.
We ensure children in humanitarian crises learn and put children's rights at the heart of all we do. Visit our Education page to find out more
What we've done
Hunger leaves children vulnerable to infection, disease and death - nearly 1/4 worldwide suffer permanent damage due to poor nutrition.
Poverty and rising prices mean many families can't afford food while climate change threatens more droughts and food crises.
But our hunger and nutrition programmes help millions every year.
Our teams provide counselling, breastfeeding support, malnutrition screening, vitamin supplements and cash transfers.
We're pioneering new methods of predicting food crises so governments can act sooner. Visit our Hunger page to learn more
What we've done
Since 1990, child mortality has almost halved. But there's a danger we're leaving kids behind – because of poverty, ethnicity or gender.
5.9m children still die annually, many from preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Malnutrition remains challenging and newborn death rates must fall.
We're determined to change this. We're pressuring governments and working with global partners to improve health for millions.
Every day, our health teams are saving lives in hard-to-reach communities around the world. Visit our Health page to find out more
What we've done
Other ways we help children
Save the Children exists to help every child reach their full potential.
In the UK and around the world, we make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning, so they can become who they want to be.
We find new ways to reach children who need us most, no matter where they’re growing up.
We can’t do this alone. Together with children, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.
“If we have education, then we must give it to our brothers and sisters who are illiterate,” says Munni, from Patna, one of the toughest parts of India.
Engaged at 13, she thought she would never set foot in a classroom. But we supported her to go to school. Now she teaches 20 local women to read and write, helping them to build a better future for their families too.
That’s what our work is all about.
But Munni’s story was 100 years in the making. For a century, we’ve stood up for children’s rights and made sure their voices are heard. Our co-founder, Eglantyne Jebb, wrote the first international treaty on the rights of every child. We’ve been speaking out on the big issues that affect children ever since.
Some of the UK’s biggest policy breakthroughs for children, like free school meals and nursery schools, have happened because of us. And we campaign tirelessly to uphold our country’s commitment to spend 0.7% of its budget on international aid.
We work alongside children in more than 100 countries, including the UK. Together, with Save the Children members around the world, we have three big goals.
Our shared ambition is that by 2030, no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, all children learn from a quality basic education, and violence against children is no longer tolerated.
We know that every child is different, and every one of them has something special to bring to the world.
So, when little Salma in Ethiopia got sick with pneumonia, she got the specialist medical care she needed. When Louren in Kenya was unable to walk, we gave him physiotherapy to help him take his first steps. And when Ali in the West Bank was struggling to cope with the conflict around him, we gave him one-to-one counselling.
We break new ground to solve the toughest problems facing children today.
Here in the UK, we’re using digital apps to help parents support their children’s early language skills. In Rwanda, we’ve kick-started a reading revolution through clubs, workshops for parents and teachers, and hundreds of new storybooks. And working with GSK, we’ve developed an antiseptic gel that could save 422,000 babies’ lives in five years.
“Every child has the right to feel safe, to go to school and not to fear anything,” says 13-year-old Nabila.
It’s voices like hers that shape everything we do and say. We empower children to speak for themselves, share their stories and amplify their voices. As well as championing young activists, we listen to children who aren’t in the spotlight, so their important stories don’t go unheard.
Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our 5 million supporters in the UK and their amazing commitment – from wearing a Christmas jumper to running our local shops to organising fundraising events.
Together with children, supporters and partners, we fight to help every child become who they want to be.
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