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According to UNICEF figures, almost one fifth of the world’s child population will never attend school. On an individual basis, an education for these children can provide hope and a lifeline to a future out of hardship – on a world scale, educating the future generation is a key force towards human development and global stability.


As an educator, can you imagine teaching a class of 50+ children, who have nothing to write with and nothing to write on? Nothing to eat out of? Nothing to drink from?

As a child, can you imagine trying to learn how to read without a book? Can you imagine grasping basic mathematical skills without a pencil? Can you imagine learning how to write without a pen and paper?

This is the situation which faces millions of children and teachers around the world because of factors such as FAMINE, DISEASE, SOCIAL CONFLICT, WAR, DISASTER and POVERTY.

The millions of children who are lucky enough to access education are leaving school unable to read, write or do basic mathematics due to the lack of resources and opportunities available to them.

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For 262 million children around the world, not having access to substantial and effective learning has an impact on all aspects of their life, and their future prospects.


Many Girls, especially in developing countries, can’t go to school at all. Only 66 percent of countries have reached gender parity in access to elementary school


In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%


When young people are not engaged in the education system or the labour market, they become disconnected from society, gradually losing any prospect of developing new skills that could help them find meaningful employment.


Children need food in order to grow, develop, and protect from diseases. School food and nutrition programmes also support local agriculture, strengthen and diversify local food systems and help move people out of poverty by sourcing food for school meals from local smallholder farmers.


Women with a primary school education are 13% more likely to know that condoms can reduce their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, and education can help decrease the spreading of this virus by promoting safer sexual practices

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela


Conflict between communities and countries can have a crippling effect on the infrastructure of education when escape and survival become priority.

See how we are helping the schooling of displaced people from South Sudan as they settle in to the world’s second biggest refugee camp in northern Uganda.


The table on the left is Sarah’s desk and the pile in the corner are the resources that she uses to teach her primary school students in The Gambia. In this class, Sarah does use little chalk boards where the children can write letters of the alphabet but primarily, learning is carried out verbally and the children try to remember each day what she has taught them because they have nothing to write with or write on.

Thousands of the children and teachers we support around the world try to learn and teach in this limited capacity with no resources. In our first project in Swaziland, we learned that children were given ONE pencil to last them for whole academic YEAR! Children in the developing world are desperate to learn…and we are helping!
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