Inclusive, quality education

Every child and young person has the right to access safe, inclusive, quality education.

However, 224 million children and youth across the world are out of school.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of children experiencing reading difficulties rose to 584 million – a jump of over 20% which has reversed over 20 years of education gains. 

Children and girls in all their diversity, including those living with disabilities, those that are LGBTQIA+, indigenous, minority ethnic or racialised groups, children living in contexts of conflict and crisis, and children living in poor and remote areas are most often denied access to education.

This has far-reaching consequences on their futures and those of their families, communities and countries. 

We promote free, equal access to quality education for all children – from early learning to secondary education. We work with children and young people, their families, communities, wider society and governments, and advocate at both local and international levels, so that all children are able to get an education.


Gender-transformative education illustration by Sonaksha showing children and youth, in all their diversity.

Gender-transformative education

Our approach to inclusive, quality education is through the lens of gender-transformative education.

This seeks to utilise all parts of an education system – from policies to practices to community engagement – to transform stereotypes, attitudes and practices. Our aim is to challenge power relations, rethink gender norms and binaries, and raise awareness of the root causes of inequality and systems of oppression.