Education is a fundamental human right.
Every girl and boy, everywhere, is entitled to attend school and learn.
UNICEF is dedicated to making sure that all children can enjoy their right to a quality education, from early learning opportunities that lay the groundwork for success in school, all the way through secondary school.
Across the world, some children are more likely to miss out on education than others. That deprivation has lifelong consequences that often mean that the next generation, too, will start out at a disadvantage. The resulting cycles of inequality and deprivation thwart the potential of both individuals and societies. To dismantle the barriers that stand in the way of getting all children in school and learning, UNICEF’s work focuses particularly on the children who are most often excluded.
Because merely getting children into school is not enough, we promote child-friendly approaches that include securing safe and healthy school environments, and teaching and learning processes that speak to children’s individual needs – so that children can acquire the skills and knowledge they need.
To reach the most vulnerable children in the most challenging situations around the world, we foster innovative solutions tailored to local contexts, and support countries in building robust and resilient education systems.
Educating children is an investment in their futures, and in peaceful and prosperous societies.
Education is a great driver of social, economic and political progress. As people learn to read, count and reason critically, their prospects for health and prosperity expand exponentially. But our advances in education have not benefited everyone equally—and primary school enrollment rates tell only part of the regrettable story.
Millions of children who start primary school are unable to finish and still more miss out on secondary school. Today, some 69 million adolescents—in low-income countries—are receiving no post-primary education. We can no longer afford the cost of excluding them.