Every child has a right to education. Yet this year, millions of children worldwide were denied that right due to COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of digital access. This was on top of pre-existing barriers caused by poverty, discrimination, violence, family illness and more.

Our education programmes encompass early childhood care and development, primary and secondary learning, and employment and entrepreneurship training. We focus on the child as a resourceful individual with unique skills and capabilities.


Our Digital Village project was crucial this year in helping children and youth in our programmes to access education. The project equips both children and parents with digital skills to improve school grades and employability, support with household tasks, and safely participate in the global digital community. In 2020, it expanded threefold, reaching more than 18,300 children and youth and 3,700 caregivers in 59 locations worldwide – also delivering computer equipment to many rural schools and communities.


Our training programmes are designed to support young people from vulnerable backgrounds to become self-reliant. Parents in struggling families can also avail themselves of our services – to build skills or learn how to start a small business. In some countries we operate our own vocational training centres, and in others we work in partnership. Due to the pandemic, some of our services were suspended and some went virtual. In total, we reached 11,600 young people and adults in 2020.


Directly and with partners, we support children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to high-quality education.


people reached in 2020

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