Girl in classroom in Jordan. UNICEF/Herwig
Girl in classroom in Jordan. UNICEF/Herwig

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The chance to learn can change a child’s life

Every child has the right to an education – whatever their background, gender or ethnicity. UNICEF wants to see a world where all children enjoy this right.

Yet every day, more than 61 million children don’t attend their primary schools. 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.

UNICEF supports innovative programmes that give the most vulnerable children the chance to learn. 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.

Girl holding radio in Cameroon. UNICEF/Dejongh

12-year-old Keren listens to a radio education programme due to school closures relating to the crisis and the risk of attacks in Cameroon.

“I’m very happy I can come together with my friends three times a week, to listen to the program, because I miss school,” she says.

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In 2019 alone, UNICEF provided school books and other learning materials to 12.4 million children around the world

Breaking down barriers to education

Cousins Nabila and Gisma started attending classes at a UNICEF-supported learning centre in Khartoum, Sudan in 2016. For both girls it was their first experience of going to school. “Most of the students have never received education before, and they have a huge desire to learn,” says Egbal, a volunteer teacher at the centre.

The centre is one of over 2,500 across Sudan, designed for children who’ve never attended school, who’ve dropped out of school or who are so far behind they can’t return to mainstream education without first catching up on missed years of learning.

In Sudan and all over the world, we work with governments and communities to remove the barriers which stop children attending school, and to make sure all schools are child-centred, inclusive, safe and healthy places – in other words, child-friendly!

“I like maths and calculating“, says Nabila (right). “I want to be a doctor.” Nabila and her cousin Gisma at a UNICEF-supported learning centre in Khartoum, Sudan.
Photo: UNICEF/Dawes

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