african child at blackboard - education, school
african child at blackboard - education, school ©World Vision

Education

58 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.

463,737
children enrolled in school

Thanks to World Vision supporters from the U.S. in 2015.

20,602
teachers empowered to improve quality of education

Thanks to World Vision supporters from the U.S. in 2015.

47,845
parents engaged in their children’s education

Thanks to World Vision supporters from the U.S. in 2015.

Our Educational Approach

Why are so many children out of school or illiterate?

Due to inadequate training of teachers in reading instruction, high ratios of students to teachers, insufficient teaching materials in children’s home language (mother tongue), and other issues, millions of young girls and boys around the world cannot read or write. These barriers are disturbing every child’s right to a quality education and ability to learn, grow and thrive.

Girls and boys often drop out of school because they must work to help support their families, because of harmful socio-cultural norms and practices (such as child marriage) that prevent them from attending and completing school, and because policies to support children’s school completion are not well reinforced. The lack of education impacts all children, but young girls are often the worst affected, having to face risks of sexual trafficking, early marriage and gender-based violence in schools.

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 access to equitable and quality basic education, with special attention to girls and children with disabilities

  • Partnering with parents, local organizations, the private sector, and governments to galvanize greater learning outcomes and opportunities

  • Strengthening community involvement in education to create enabling environments

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.

Education Resources

E-FACE Infographic (PDF)

The Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation project, funded by USDOL, provided support in addressing child labor.

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development

This is a global literacy initiative from World Vision, USAID, and the Australian government. Together we offer competitive awards to organizations and universities that leverage science and technology to create and apply scalable solutions to improve early grade reading in developing countries.

Ways to Give to Education

Give Monthly: Children’s Education Fund

Education gives children the opportunity to become adults who earn better wages, raise healthier, educated children of their own, and have a voice in their community. Learn more >

Give Education for Children – $70

Raised in poverty, children sacrifice their futures for lack of school fees, textbooks, uniforms, backpacks, and pencils.

Your gift will help train teachers and get a child the tools they need to fulfill their God-given potential.

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