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Child Education

Every child should be able to realise their full potential and grow up to build a better world. 7.7m children were reached in 2019 by our movement's child education programmes.

Around the world, millions of children never see the inside of a classroom – meaning they miss out of life-changing opportunities.

Others drop out of school due to overcrowded classes or poorly trained teachers. Many 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.

But 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 education. The poorest children do less well at school than their wealthier classmates - and low literacy is linked to low pay and unemployment.

Every child has the right to learn

How we're helping Sammy

Sammy attending a reading lesson 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 either not started school or dropped out, & the number is rising.
  • More than a quarter of a billion children are out of school.
  • 420 million children will not learn the most basic skills in childhood
  • 23% of children do not reach the expected level of language development by the age of five. 
  • 1 in 3 children living in poverty fall behind with their education. 
  • 27% of children from poor families get 5 or more 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. We want to identify projects that promise a contribution to wider change.
  • Emergencies: Provided the essential support needed to deliver 24 Education in Emergencies programmes in 14 countries in 2019.
  • Families Connect: Building on feedback from parents looking for support for their children's learning 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 Democratic Republic of Congo.


  • Philippines: Giving parents the knowledge, skills & resources they need to support their child's early learning and development with Our First Read programme.
  • Rwanda: Increasing the number of quality children’s books, starting reading clubs & supporting parents and teachers.
  • Syria: Helping keep children safe by supporting them to get back into education.
  • UK: Putting the cost of childcare high on the political agenda & shining a light on the importance of a skilled early education workforce - especially in the poorest areas.

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