Children in Crisis was established in 1993 in the UK to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives.
Our vision: All children receive the learning needed for their flourishing and wellbeing
Our mission: Where resources are few, where education is needed to heal the nation, and where it is too remote for others, our aim is to support children to read, write, think, pursue their life goals and contribute positively to their communities.
Our main website is: www.childrenincrisis.org
Education for children is of paramount importance in today’s world and it is one of the reasons why Children in Crisis exists. Children are at the centre of everything we do. We believe in a moral duty to protect and nurture the most vulnerable and dependent children in our society. Through education, they have a fairer chance in life, and above all, it allows them to flourish as a human being and to contribute positively to their families, and society.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 10 million children drop out of school every year.
As a recent UNESCO report stated “the number of children out of school is falling too slowly.” According to current global trends, 56 million children will still be out of school in 2015, a huge discrepancy from the Millennium Development Goal that intended to have every child complete a year of primary school by 2015. Education is moving up the political agenda outside and within the UK, but not fast enough. Education budgets took the severe brunt of the financial crisis with many of them being cut by countries that already had millions of children out of school.
Of the 72 million primary aged children still not enrolled in school worldwide, 40 million are found in fragile and conflict affected states.
Education has been called an inoculation against poverty and resurgent conflict. In many post-conflict situations, thousands who have missed out on schooling, are marginalised and too easily whipped up by dangerous leaders into new rounds of conflict. It is in these tough environments that children face major barriers to education and it is one of the reasons why we focus on politically unstable and conflict-affected countries.
With an educated population, a country will also gain an extra 1% GDP for every year of schooling provided (DFID 2010).
The economic and strategic arguments for educating children are just as compelling. Investing in a child’s early development and learning yields the highest individual and collective benefits as compared to investing in later life.
A population’s education and health status play a significant role in a country’s economic development. Education empowers the people to help themselves and thus helps to improve governance. In addition education can hugely increase the innovative capacity of an economy, even at local level.
However a year of schooling does not produce the same cognitive skills everywhere and this is why our main focus is on quality education. We don’t just build schools, we also train teachers to high standards and introduce modern teaching methods.
Children of mothers who are educated are 40% more likely to live beyond age 5.
We also invest in women’s literacy classes and vocational training. We recognise that better education also results in better health for mothers and children because of better access to crucial information and health care.
It is broadly recognised that a clear boost to economic development can only be achieved through investment in secondary education. However, facilitating access to secondary education can only be achieved through universal primary education and through women's education so that they encourage their children, girls in particular, to go to school...
Based on current global trends, 105 million 15-24 year olds will lack basic literacy skills in 2015, 55% of whom will be women. This has a major intergenerational effect, given that mothers who cannot read are far less likely to be supportive of education for their children.
This is why the work of children in crisis is so valuable.