From rural areas that have never had a school, to classrooms that have been destroyed because of disaster or conflict, millions of children are unable to go to school across the world today simply because there are no schools for them to go to.
For children who are in school, many schools are not good enough quality with hundreds of students per classroom, a lack of toilets, sanitary facilities, capable teachers or adequate learning materials.
Parental and community attitudes can often also hold back children’s education, especially for girls from late primary-school age and upwards, stopping them from going to school or making them earn a living for the family instead of getting an education.
We work in partnership with local organisations and communities to improve education, healthcare and child protection, and we build their capacity to mobilise local resources, plan, deliver change, and sustain that change. We choose to work where few others do, in some of the most challenging places, and in areas affected by conflict or political instability such as in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.