- Almost 350,000 children were reached directly.
- Over 386,000 children benefited indirectly from our education activities.
- Over half of the children we reached were girls
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Why education? Education is at the heart of development and is key to breaking the poverty cycle, and improving health, nutrition, income and opportunities for all children. In 2018, Concern’s education programming supported over 208,000 people directly and 449,000 people indirectly.
Three key focus areas of our work on education are:
We aim to contribute to lasting improvements in the lives of extremely poor people through the implementation of high-quality, multi-dimensional education programmes. Here we spotlight two of our approaches.
Improving literacy with EGRA
At least 250 million school-age children worldwide currently do not know the basics in reading and mathematics. This poor level of literacy drives school drop-out and exam failure and blocks students from progressing to secondary school. Ultimately, it puts millions of children at a cruel disadvantage for the rest of their lives. In order to accurately assess, improve and monitor literacy levels, Concern has refined and expanded the sector-leading Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) tool among the most vulnerable communities.
Our EGRA tool – a series of short oral tests taken in the early grades of primary school – allows us to assess and then address children’s learning needs at an early age. It also allows us to identify knowledge gaps, gather robust data and monitor progress so we can accurately evaluate the success of programmes over time.
Safe Learning Model