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Child Education

Every child should be able to realise their full potential and grow up to build a better world. 12m children were reached in 2020 by our movement's child education programmes.


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.

How we're helping Sammy

Sammy attending a class in Rwanda

Sammy, 7 (in yellow), attends reading lessons at his school in Gicumbi district, Rwanda.

As part of the Literacy Boost component of Save the Children's Education Signature Programme, Sammy's first grade teacher has received training that has helped her to introduce innovative and interactive teaching techniques into the classroom.

Sammy also takes part in a weekly afternoon reading club in his community.

  • 124m children/young people have not started school or dropped out
  • Over a quarter of a billion children are out of school
  • 420m children will not learn the most basic skills.
  • 23% fail to reach expected levels of language development by 5
  • 1 in 3 children living in poverty fall behind with their education
  • 27% of children from poor families get 5+ good GCSE passes, compared to 55% of peers from wealthier families.

Here's a few of the things we're doing;

  • Child refugees: Working with the UNCHR & Pearson to shine a light on efforts to provide education
  • Families Connect:  Building on feedback from parents looking for support in literacy/language development, numeracy & emotional development
  • Girls’ education: Giving thousands of girls the support they need to stay in education in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique and the DRC.
  • Philippines: Giving parents the knowledge, skills & resources they need to support their child's early learning and development
  • Rwanda: Increasing the number of quality children’s books, starting reading clubs & supporting parents and teachers
  • Syria: Keeping children safe by helping them return to learning
  • UK: Putting childcare costs high on the political agenda & shining a light on the importance of a skilled early education workforce.

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