The chance to learn can change a child’s life
Every child has the right to an education – whatever their background, gender or ethnicity. We are working to make sure all children get the right to a quality education.
Yet, 70% of 10-year-olds in low-income and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a simple story. Without the opportunity to learn, children can’t develop to their full potential. They’re more likely to be trapped in cycles of poverty, poor health and forced labour – often in dangerous environments.
We support innovative programmes that give the most vulnerable children the chance to learn. Innovations like the Learning Passport, an online, mobile and offline digital learning platform, developed through our partnership with Microsoft, and launched in 13 countries in 2021. By the end of the year, it had reached nearly 2 million children and young people, educators and caregivers with educational content to support continuous learning.
We work with governments, communities and parents to enable every child to access a quality education.
Every year we help millions of children get an education – for example by providing textbooks and classroom kits, or by setting up child-friendly spaces where children can keep learning, even during a conflict or natural disaster.
We’re helping children learn
In 2021 alone, we provided school books and other learning materials to 42 million children around the world
Breaking down barriers to education
Dorcas, 10, is a student in the city of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
When the Nyiragongo volcano erupted in May 2021, Dorcas and her family fled. When they came back, there was an empty space where her home and school once was.
We set up two emergency tents to allow students like Dorcas to resume their education and eventually new classrooms were built to allow students to study in good conditions.
“I was afraid to spend a whole year without studying because we had no school” said Dorcas. “I’m happy because I’m going to finish my primary education soon and go on to secondary school to be a boat captain.”
In 2021 alone, we helped 49 million children get back to school, just like Dorcas.