Education & Skills

© Tereza Hronová

About 262 million children all over the world cannot attend school despite their indisputable right to education. The total includes 64 million children of primary school age, 61 million of lower secondary school age and 138 million of upper secondary age (according to UIS data for the school year ending in 2017).

In many countries, school tuition is denied to children due to armed conflicts, poverty, humanitarian disasters or simply due to gender-related, ethnic or medical condition discrimination.

Illiterate or poorly educated young people lacking practical skills are vulnerable to poverty and exploitation because there is no demand for them in the labour market. Therefore they have very limited freedom when making decisions about their own lives. This presents challenges with extreme urgency in view of the fact that there is a record number of young people in the world and limited options for creating new jobs.

People in Need actively attempts to tackle these global challenges. We must realise what an important role education plays in the transformation process of developing countries. Not only does it improve prospects of employment, thereby reducing the risk of poverty, hunger and illness, but it also increases the potential of men, women and children to fight against discrimination. Education can provide life-saving information as well as supporting personal development and wellbeing. It also enables people to more actively engage and participate in public life - supporting social cohesion and resilience - as well as providing opportunities for a more fruitful future.

Our educational programmes aim to:

-provide quality primary education for all children regardless of origin, religious belief, gender or medical condition.

-assist with employment of young people. Through vocational education and training in entrepreneurial and other skills we assist them in establishing a business or finding a job.

-encourage young people to actively engage in public life around them and assist them towards the creation of a responsible, democratic society

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