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Despite the progress made in recent years, today 263 million boys and girls, of whom around 61 million are children, do not have access to any form of education. 70% of them are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and are often the most vulnerable, but at the same time, the most developed countries face the worrying phenomenon of educational poverty.
Education is an essential element in ensuring a better future for young people and ensuring the development of the communities in which they live. We strive to ensure that everyone, girls and boys alike, have access to quality education, eliminating all forms of gender-based discrimination and promoting equal access to all levels of education supported by programs training for teachers.
For thirty years now, we have been working to ensure quality, inclusive and equitable education and to offer girls and boys, in Italy and around the world, the best educational opportunities that respect and promote their full development.
In particular, our activities aim to build and restore school establishments by guaranteeing access to water and hygiene. We take care to provide educational materials and training courses for teachers and professionals and we act to eliminate barriers to access to education for women and people with disabilities. We intervene in emergency situations where the right to education is even more at risk due to violence and instability.
We start at school to combat malnutrition and its serious consequences, providing meals that can meet the nutritional needs of children at all stages of their growth and development.
Nearly 263 million boys and girls, around 61 million of whom are children, do not have access to any form of education.
70% of girls and boys without access to education are in sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia, and are often the most vulnerable. In these areas, the majority of schools have no electricity or drinking water.
In six of the twenty-four countries in sub-Saharan Africa, less than half of students who completed primary school achieved a minimum level of comprehension of a written text.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the poor state of school facilities and the lack of qualified teaching staff threaten the possibility of providing quality, equitable and inclusive education to all.
In Italy, public spending on social protection is lower than the European average and family poverty is often linked to an increased risk of dropping out of school.
The educational deficit generates the dissemination of a culture marked by individualism, often subject to racist and xenophobic deviations, which constitutes a major obstacle to the protection of children’s rights.
With our projects, we ensure education and protection for thousands of children, we train teachers, we build schools. Every day, with our workshops in schools, we spread knowledge about new technologies, healthy eating, and gender equity.