Many children are missing out on their right to an education. They cannot afford the school fees or the cost of transport to school. They might live too far away from school or face gender or ethnic discrimination.
At all ages, it empowers people with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Education is the most basic insurance against poverty.
UNICEF is working in the poorest countries to ensure every child can go to school. We’re helping to build schools, train teachers, provide learning materials, advocate for girls' education and reach children engaged in child labour.
Education enhances lives.
You can help uphold every child’s right to an education and help break the cycle of poverty.
In Bangladesh, a UNICEF-supported cash transfer program provides support to working children, orphans, children with disabilities or displaced children who may otherwise be forced into early marriages, with the sole intention of giving every child an opportunity to go to school.
UNICEF is providing teaching and learning supplies to over 170 ‘school clubs’ in Syria, enabling some 40,000 children to receive remedial education and participate in recreational activities. UNICEF is rehabilitating damaged schools that also serve as shelters for people displaced by the conflict.
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