Every child has the right to education, but globally 75 million children - 34 million boys and 41 million girls - are missing out. The reasons are many and varied, but the main one is poverty. Poverty keeps children out of school, but it also affects the quality of education on offer, making it an enormous challenge for children to learn.
Education is a basic human right, but it also gives children, young people and their communities the knowledge and skills they need to claim their human rights. That's why making sure children receive a full and quality education is critically important to us.
"I AM ABLE TO DO MY LESSONS UNDER THIS LIGHT."
Nearly 70 per cent of the population in Myanmar don't have electricity, so candlelight is the only source of light once the sun goes down. But Plan-supported solar power is changing everything.
Ma Wai Wai, 14, can now finish her homework under a solar-powered bulb. "I am not dizzy like I was with a candle. It was hard to read then." Plan International's projects work towards a world where all children and young people can access free and quality education, even in the most remote areas.
Plan International's education projects:
- break down the barriers that prevent children, particularly girls, from education
- reach out to children who have never been to school or have dropped out for cultural or financial reasons.
- improve the quality of education by training teachers and resourcing school.