Is education a human right? It certainly should be, which is why we have built hundreds of schools and renovated thousands of classrooms, while supporting millions of children — including refugees and other displaced people — in accessing primary education. Today our focus is on improving three target areas: access to education, quality of education (especially focusing on early grade literacy and math skills), and children’s safety and well-being for healthy social and emotional growth. We do this through the training of teachers, involvement of parents and communities in school management, and the development of appropriate curricula and learning techniques.
10 unexpected barriers stopping kids from getting an education
Many kids in the US head back to their classrooms next month, but 263 million children and youth around the world won’t be going to school at all. We fill you in on some of the lesser-known reasons why kids are missing out on an education.
The youngest Syrian refugees find comfort in tent classrooms
Nearly two million Syrian children are refugees and many of them now live in makeshift camps in Lebanon. Concern has been responding to the refugee crisis in Lebanon since 2013 and now supports the education of over 1,850 registered students — including some Lebanese students — in 25 learning spaces.
Back-to-school in Burundi, the first time for many
Education in Burundi represents a bridge to the future for the youngest inhabitants of the war-torn country. For the first time ever many children are attending school without worries of unsafe classrooms or not enough supplies to go around. For the first time, many are seeing their futures and feeling called to pursue an education so they can help others and make their community better.
In Turkey, Syrian children with dreams
Concern is working to restore primary education for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. We spoke to three of these children about their hopes for the future.