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Education

Hunger starves people of hope and opportunity. It limits potential in the classroom and everywhere else. Our solution is to provide a basic education to the children that need it most. We don’t stop there; we help communities to feed these children so they can concentrate, learn and thrive.

For over 30 years, Concern has been working to improve access to basic education among the poorest people in the world. Our education programmes currently span 12 countries. In 2012, our education programmes benefitted 215,888 people.

Take a look at how our programme is benefitting the lives of schoolchildren in Liberia:

2015 deadline

More than one in ten children living in the developing world never get the chance to go to school. Securing access to basic education for all is one of our main aims. It’s also one of the Millennium Development Goals. With the 2015 deadline for these goals fast approaching, it’s now more important than ever that we make progress in this area.

Feeding young minds 

Our work translates into better opportunities for young people’s education. Research has shown that malnutrition can restrict brain development and lead to impaired memory and learning ability. By teaching families about the nutrients they need to live healthy and prosperous lives, and enabling them to diversify their diets, we can help children chart a better future for themselves and their families. 

Quality education

Our education work focuses quality teacher education, community involvement in education, classroom construction, development and supply of materials. In Tanzania, for example, providing access to clean water in schools means children are healthier and happier at school. Safe water also means safer food to eat. 

Improving school attendance 

Many children come from families who struggle to feed themselves. They are forced to sell land and livestock to buy food. They have to cut back on education and often children are forced to work instead of going to school. By providing these families with resources, such as agricultural training, tools and their own livestock, they can grow the food they need and their children can return to education. This is one of the key ways they can lift themselves out of poverty.  

Access for all

Girls, children living in slums, orphans, working children, children belonging to minority groups, children affected by or infected with HIV and AIDS and children with disabilities are all more likely to miss out on the opportunity to attend school. Our education programmes and policy place particular emphasis on reaching those who have been excluded from the formal schooling system. 

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