We are committed to ensuring that every girl and boy has access to an education and that they are never denied this right. We believe every child has a right to enrol in education and to be supported to transition between and complete their education. Achieving this often requires identifying and addressing deep-rooted barriers that exclude children from learning opportunities.
Inclusiveness and equality in education
We partner with education institutions, other organisations and communities to ensure education for all children. This includes developing and supporting formal as well as non-formal initiatives for children and young people who are out of school, facilitating community early-learning initiatives and providing remedial support for children with learning difficulties.
We place a heavy emphasis on removing the many financial, social, cultural, geographical and other systemic barriers that prevent children, particularly girls, and marginalised groups, including children living with disabilities, from accessing and moving through the different stages of education.
We also partner with education institutions and communities to provide inclusive education as part of our disaster risk reduction planning and our response to disasters.
In accordance with Sustainable Development Goal target 4.1, Plan International is committed to supporting access, transition and completion of free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
Case study: Radios support access to education in Ebola outbreak
When the Ebola outbreak led to the Sierra Leone government closing all schools in the country in July 2014, it meant that thousands of children were no longer able to access formal education.
Our Girl Education Challenge programme to help ensure girls access their right to an education was also forced to suspend all field activity in the crisis - but that didn't stop it from continuing to benefit thousands of children's lives.
As the government began teaching the national curriculum by broadcasting lessons through major radio stations, we worked to distribute a solar powered radio to each of our 10,800 programme beneficiaries to ensure they could take part in the classes and continue their studies.
I can now listen to educative lessons and talks at home with the radio I have
Radios were delivered across 16 chiefdoms in Port Loko and Moyamba districts, reaching girls, children with disabilities and programme volunteers.
"I now feel very much delighted and better positioned to attend school with great chances of becoming a successful person in the future. Plan has paved the way for me as I can now listen to educative lessons and talks at home with the radio I have, which will equip me for a better education," said Zainab, a secondary school pupil.