- Over 200,000 children were reached directly.
- Over 800,000 children benefited indirectly from our education activities.
- We spent €5 million in 2019 delivering programmes that help extremely poor children access quality primary education.
Read our 2019 annual report
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 2019, Concern’s education programming supported over 200,000 people directly and over 800,000 people indirectly.
Key focus areas
Three key focus areas of our work on education are:
- Increasing access to education
- Improving the quality of teachers and learning literacy, in particular, literacy through the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) tool
- Improving child well-being by providing safe and encouraging learning environments.
A closer look at our education programmes
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