A 9-year-old schoolgirl in Uganda smiles brightly as she practices writing numbers on a chalkboard in her classroom thanks to a charity for children's education. Photo credit: Jordan. J. Hay, 2012.

Global Education

Every last child deserves the opportunity to learn. Thanks to people like you, Save the Children works every day to ensure all children have the best chance to learn. In 2022, we helped 9 million children access quality education, including more than 4.5 million girls, through our global education programs. Together, we are achieving breakthroughs in education for children. LEARN MORE

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Achieving Breakthroughs in Education for Children

A good quality education helps children reach their full potential; however, for millions of children and youth, it is beyond reach and many are not learning basic skills like reading and math if they do attend school.

The Global Education team works across five major areas, finding the best solutions to help children learn and thrive. Our teams are:

Early Child Care and Development: These programs are focused on children aged 0-6, a period of tremendous growth in all areas of a child’s development. Our ECCD interventions range from work with 0-6 year olds as well as efforts to enable parents or caregivers to promote brain development, health and well-being as children prepare for school.

Basic Education: Our Basic Education programs help school-age children develop  vital skills to ensure their success both in school and out. Using proven approaches such as Literacy Boost and Numeracy Boost, Save the Children is ensuring children acquire foundational literacy, math and socio-emotional skills, which will prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

School Health and Nutrition: School Health and Nutrition programs help school age children be healthy to learn and learn to be healthy. We use comprehensive approaches to overcome the effects of chronic malnutrition, illnesses, like malaria and zika, as well as working to improve oral and vision health, access to water and sanitation including menstrual hygiene and road safety.

Education Research: Save the Children’s dedicated researchers, build the capacity of the organization to better understand what works for supporting all children’s learning and development.

Education in Emergencies: Save the Children’s education in emergency programs ensure children return to learning as quickly as possible after the onset of a humanitarian crisis. Children experiencing natural disasters or conflict benefit from our Learning and Well-being in Emergencies approach which provides them with essential academic and socio-emotional skills to start to recover and resume some normalcy in their lives.

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