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Every child has a right to learn

Education can help children break free from poverty, challenge gender and cultural expectations, and contribute to building stronger communities. Save the Children works hard to ensure all girls and boys have access to quality education because we know it can change lives.

Educating children around the world

Save the Children runs programs around the world dedicated to helping girls and boys access an education. Whether it's in a remote part of the world, in a refugee camp or right after a disaster, we make sure children can continue to learn in a safe and positive environment.

Our key approaches focus on ensuring young children gain strong literacy and numeracy skills. We establish and strengthen early childhood education, because those early years can impact how a child learns and develops in the future. We also train teachers and offer support and professional development to ensure children receive the best education possible.

Our international education programs

We consider the experiences of girls across all our education programs – because girls are often excluded from the same education as boys. Equally important is how children with disabilities access school, and the life-changing opportunities an education can provide for them.

We also know early learning gives children the best chance to learn, grow and prepare for school. That's why we've established Play to be School Ready programs in places like Solomon Islands, so children have the best start to their education.

In Papua New Guinea, we're strengthening elementary school education by training teachers and providing them with great resources, because children learn best when they have competent teachers, a supportive community and quality resources.

We're also supporting refugee children living on Thai-Myanmar border to gain a quality education that is recognised by the Myanmar Government when they return home.

Our education programs in Australia

We've been supporting education for children in Australia since the 1950s and we remain committed to giving all children the best start to school.

Ensuring our programs are culturally-appropriate is critical to our work, which is why we employ or engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wherever possible to help out roll out services and programs to communities. In particular, we work to increase school attendance for children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who may need extra support to remain connected to school.

We run Play2Learn supported playgroups in more than 200 places across Australia, to improve early childhood development, parenting skills and connection to community for the families that attend.

We also strive to reach children who don't feel comfortable in Australia's mainstream education system. Our mobile education vans supports young people transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. And we support alternative education models that help disengaged young people stay in school.

Education in emergencies

Emergencies cause serious disruptions to a child's education. It is crucial for their development, safety, and recovery for children to return to school as soon as possible.

In emergency situations, where the education system is unable to function as normal, Save the Children establishes temporary learning centres and provides safe environments for children to learn and play.

We're currently providing access to education and support to children who've fled conflict in Syria, as well as Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Find out more about our current emergencies.

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