Child-centred education

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We work with families, communities and partners to ensure that each child has access to education and training that address individual needs and circumstances and helps children develop their potential.

At SOS Children’s Villages we are committed to ensuring that no child misses out on an education because of poverty, discrimination, violence, family illness, exploitation, or any other cause.

Our holistic approach to child-centred education addresses children’s individual needs and situations and supports their personal capabilities. Through our programmes we:
  • accompany children and their families in our alternative care and family strengthening programmes on their lifelong educational journeys

  • promote child-centred quality education, focusing on the child as a resourceful individual with unique skills and capabilities

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

  • support and create inclusive learning environments that are non-discriminatory, non-violent, intercultural and gender-sensitive

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

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

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

  • support 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

  • Opening doors to education

    Although education is a basic right, millions of children worldwide risk missing out on education and training.

  • Focus on youth employability

    We work with disadvantaged young people to help them build their skills and capacities for a successful transition to independence.