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With 72 million children around the world not enrolled in school, Concern Worldwide focuses on providing basic education to those who need it most. Access to education is not only a basic human right, but also a key factor in reducing poverty and child labour.

Universal access

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, benefiting 528,804 people last year alone.

2015 deadline

More than one in ten children living in the developing world never get the chance to go to school. Providing 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.

What Concern is doing

Our main aim is to provide basic education to those who need it most. As a minimum standard, we believe that education must result in sufficient levels of literacy and numeracy. This enables people to lift themselves out of poverty and continue to improve their lives.

Improving lives

Basic education gives people greater economic opportunities and empowers them to lead healthier, more productive lives. One of the most effective ways of improving livelihoods is by increasing access to quality education.

Education outcasts

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 chance to attend school. Our education programmes and policies place particular emphasis on reaching those who have been excluded from the formal schooling system. 

Our work in action

Concern works with the most marginalised people in the world’s poorest countries and provides them with an opportunity they would otherwise miss out on: education. It is their ticket to a better life for themselves and their families. Here’s an example of our work in Ethiopia. Read more.

In depth