Ensuring that every child receives a primary-level education with strong reading, writing, and math skills is among the most effective ways to lift families and communities out of chronic poverty.


Concern Worldwide has worked to promote education in developing countries for over forty years. During that time we have built hundreds of schools and renovated thousands of classrooms, while supporting millions of children 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.

How We Do It


Following extensive research, Concern worked with parents, children, academics and practitioners to develop “The Safe Learning Model” — a holistic approach to learning, which seeks to counter the issues of school-related gender-based violence, and gender stereotypes which can keep children from learning or cause them to drop out of school. We believe this model will help foster a safer and more encouraging learning atmosphere in disadvantaged communities.

Women & Children

Statistics show that ensuring girls get a quality primary education can drive development by significantly decreasing child marriage, reducing child deaths, making childbirth safer, and increasing per capita income. We’re working with communities to make the education of girls a priority and guarantee they receive the same opportunity and access as boys.

Community Empowerment

We believe communities that commit to the need for consistent and effective education for all provide the most effective foundation for children to learn and grow. The active involvement of parents and community leaders is essential this ongoing process, and we are committed to enabling and encouraging their participation.