If the fact of going to school is now commonplace in most countries, it remains an extremely arduous path, if not sometimes a distant dream, for 61 million children. The causes are multiple: teacher shortage, remoteness from school, nonexistent means of transport, dangerous travelling zones, lack of family resources, the perceived need for child work to raise family income… Many people also simply lack awareness of the importance of education. Obstacles abound and will continue to persist despite efforts by public institutions and international agencies to make education available to everyone worldwide.
What’s even more worrying is that when children actually have the means to go to school, quality education is not always guaranteed: untrained teachers, overcrowded classrooms, inadequate language of teaching… As a result, more than 250 million children leave school without knowing to read, write or count.
Access and quality of education count among Aide et Action’s priority axes of intervention. We focus mainly on populations living in challenging conditions (ethnic or linguistic minorities, street children, etc.), diversifying educational services (‘second chance’ schools, mobile schools), improving the learning and working conditions of children and teachers (school furniture, active pedagogy, curriculum reform, teacher training) as well as educational governance (community capacity building, educational system management, family and community participation).