Education

For children, war often means no more school because it's too dangerous or because there are simply no schools or clubs. War Child enables children and young people to claim their right to quality education. We work in three main areas: non-formal education, Vocational Education and formal primary education. And we invest in innovative approaches to improve child learning.

Non-formal education
Children and young people can still receive a basic education when school is inaccessible. We provide non-formal schooling support to children who are denied access to formal education. For example, literacy and numeracy classes or catch-up education for those who missed out on school because of the conflict.The objective of these approaches is to enable children and young people to receive a basic education when entry or retention in formal school is denied.

Technical and vocational education and training
Through technical and vocational education and training, we support young people (15 years and older) who have limited options as a result of armed conflict and lack a good education. They are also typically those who have the fewest options available to them, such as former child soldiers or girls who experienced abuse. Through concentrated skills training such as welding, carpentry or tailoring, combined with business skills training, savings and loans skills and job coaching, they learn to generate an income and make a meaningful contribution to the society they live in.

Formal primary education
Formal or Government schools in our project countries are often situated in challenging locations. They can contain a large number of children affected by armed conflict. Our approach meets learners’ needs (children, young people and adults) by facilitating and promoting culturally sensitive learning experiences. Through our i approach we focus on quality improvements in schools via trainings.

Innovation through ICT
ICT helps improve the quality and accessibility of education on many different levels. We invest in innovation through ICT to find new and effective solutions to support learning of children and young people affected by armed conflict. This includes providing teachers in remote locations with new multimedia education material that can be accessed through tablets, and a computer game-based approach to achieving curriculum goals for out-of-school children.