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Our impact on global education

57 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, early marriage, and lower income-earning potential. We address barriers to education and work with communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive. These accomplishments represent some of our 2014 impact:


children and youth enrolled in basic education

Achievement made possible in 2014 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.


teachers trained to improve the quality of education

Achievement made possible in 2014 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.


children removed or prevented from child labor so they can attend school

Achievement made possible in 2014 with the support of World Vision donors in the United States.

Evaluations and Evidence

World Vision presented at the 2014 annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society with the theme “Revisioning Education for All,” highlighting cutting-edge research on issues of equity and the right to education at all levels of learning. Alternative learning models from two of World Vision’s programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor were discussed: E-FACE in Ethiopia and ABK3 LEAP in the Philippines. These two programs are reaching child laborers through non-formal education or alternative education. Many of these children have not benefited from access to mainstream quality education due to exploitative labor, or have dropped out of school to work after a period of time due to family pressures or even lack of relevance of formal education.

See the presentation here (pdf) >

World Vision’s anti-child labor project, funded by the Department of Labor, is called ABK (the first three letters of the Filipino alphabet). There are 4 million child laborers spread across the Philippines’ 7,000 islands — half of whom are under the age of 10. The country has child labor laws and a national law stipulating that all children must go to school, but there isn’t an effective way to enforce this. ABK enrolls children in school; distributes school supplies; improves livelihoods for families; and changes the mindsets of parents, teachers, and communities to recognize the harm that child labor causes and honor the right of each child to attend school.

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Our Approach

+ Why are so many children out of school?

Children who live in extreme poverty face so many barriers to education, including:

  • Armed conflict or natural disasters
  • Child labor or having to work at home and care for siblings
  • Illness from preventable causes like malaria or waterborne disease
  • Weakness from malnourishment
  • Inability to afford school fees or supplies

+ What is World Vision doing to help children gain access to quality and equitable education?

Our approach focuses on three factors that improve children’s learning:

  • Increasing children’s access to equitable and quality early-childhood education and primary education, with special attention for girls
  • Strengthening community involvement in education to improve learning
  • Fostering an environment that enables learning through partnerships and advocacy with communities, governments, universities, donors, and other non-profits

+ Does World Vision build schools and provide books and school supplies?

If a lack of supplies and proper learning environment are barriers to education, we want to address those issues in a sustainable way. Sometimes, that means utilizing corporate or government donations of appropriate teaching and learning materials, such as library books, notebooks, and other relevant school supplies.

But we strive for sustainability in all we do, so we focus on interventions like giving parents a small business loan and job training so they can support themselves and afford to send their children to school for years to come.

Our Areas of Impact

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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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