Every child and young person has a right to education. Yet millions worldwide are denied their right and are excluded from quality education. Children and young people without parental care or at risk of losing it are particularly vulnerable to missing out on education and training.

Our approach

Each child and young person is unique – they have their own needs, come from different circumstances, and possess an individual potential for impacting the world. This understanding is at the heart of everything we do – to offer care and support that is appropriate to the needs of each child and young person, taking into account their experiences, culture and wishes. We work with families, communities and partners to ensure that children and young people have access to education and training that addresses individual needs and circumstances and helps them become their strongest selves and achieve their full potential. 

How we do it

  • accompanying children,  young people and their families in our alternative care and family strengthening programmes on their educational journey
  • promoting quality education, focusing on the child and young person as a resourceful individual with unique skills and capabilities

  • partnering with authorities and communities to provide kindergartens, schools and social centres in communities that lack such facilities

  • supporting and creating inclusive learning environments that are non-discriminatory, non-violent, intercultural and gender-sensitive

  • providing after-school tutoring, speech therapy, and other support to strengthen children’s capacity to learn

  • working closely with partners and schools to ensure trauma-sensitive quality education, including remedial education and extra-curricular activities for children and young people whose education was disrupted by traumatic events such as disasters, wars, violence or discrimination

  • working with national and local governments and community-based organizations to empower communities and parents to develop and strengthen educational programmes and support

  • Supporting young people with mentoring, coaching and other measures to develop life skills, foster employability or entrepreneurship, and promote independence and equal participation in social and economic life