Education for all
Education is one of the most powerful tools in breaking the cycle of poverty.
In 2013, Plan trained 67,647 educators on child-friendly learning skills. We also supported the construction and rehabilitation of 2,741 schools.
Every child has the right to education, but many children are excluded because of high costs, language and cultural barriers, geographical remoteness, or special needs.
We work to ensure free and equal access to quality education at all times, including in emergencies, as well as access to learning for young people so they can reach their full potential.
Our education strategy focuses on:
- promoting inclusive, safe, healthy, child-friendly learning environments
- improving the skills of teachers
- creating culturally relevant, gender-sensitive lessons and offering essential life-skills training.
Plan actively reaches out to children who have never been to school or have dropped out because of cultural or financial reasons.
Globally, 1 in 5 girls is denied an education. Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign is working to break down the barriers that prevent girls from being educated and aims to directly support millions of girls to get the education, skills, livelihoods and protection they need to transform their lives.
We also encourage children, parents and communities to be actively involved in decision making around education and campaign to improve governance at all levels.
- Learn about Plan's early childhood care and development work.
- See how Plan's are helping communities.
IMAGINE: Improving girls' education in Niger
See how Plan is helping to keep girls in school in Niger, where more than a third are married before they are 15.
Girls return to school after period pain
Girls in Mutasa, eastern Zimbabwe, were dropping out of school during their menstrual period because of teasing by boys - but not anymore, thanks to the Girls Fellowship Club.
The path to school: Realising the rights of children with disabilities
See the challenges children with disabilities face in getting an education and how Plan's worldwide disability inclusive programmes are changing lives.
Because I am a Girl: I'll take it from here
See the power of girls' education in 'I'll take it from here' - Plan's award-winning film which has just been screened at the Glastonbury festival in England.