A child in a wheelchair at school

Inclusive education

Over the past five years we have supported almost 3,500,000 children to access the quality education they deserve.

Education should be the right of all children, no matter who they are or where they are from. Yet millions of children around the world are being denied the basic education that would give them a fair start in life.

Right now, with over one billion children impacted by ongoing school closures due to COVID-19, we're focusing on keeping children safe, ensuring they don't get left behind, and supporting them as some prepare to return to the classroom.

Our COVID-19 response in education

We’re committed to leaving no child behind. That’s why our projects focus on ensuring that those children who are most at risk of missing out – including girls, those with disabilities, refugees, and those living in disaster- or conflict-affected areas – are able to benefit from a quality education.

We focus on early childhood education (ECE) and basic literacy and numeracy skills, laying the foundations for children to have a brighter future. By investing in children at this crucial time in their development, our programmes build resilience for later in life.


Our work supporting education

16-year-old Nirmala smiles with her friend, who is carrying a pile of schoolbooks.

Education system strengthening

Developing inclusive education systems that leave no child behind.

Two young Rohingya boys sit on the floor of a child-friendly centre in the Cox's Bazar camp, drawing with colouring pencils

Education in emergencies

Building resilient education systems in fragile spaces.

Where we support inclusive education initiatives

Bangladesh

Education

  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Bangladesh

Cambodia

Education

Ethiopia

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology

Malawi

Education

  • Unlocking Talent Through Technology

Nepal

Education

Rwanda

Education

Our projects

Volunteer Peter helps some pupils at a VSO-supported learning centre
VSO/Paul Wambugu

Kenyan volunteer, Peter teaches young girls and mothers maths, English, and Swahili as part of the Education for Life project.

Find out more about our current and former projects helping to ensure inclusive education for all.

Example projects

Stories from education

Michael explains Unlocking Talent to the Deputy Minister of Education Madam Elivina Grogera.
Michael Conteh

How technology is improving early grade children’s learning in Sierra Leone

Michael Conteh, a Sierra Leonean national aged 31 years, is volunteering on the Unlocking Talent through Technology project in his home country. Read about his experience helping to improve and accelerate learning outcomes for early school years children. 

Inza, age 12, in the classroom
Suraj Ratna Shakya

The right to education for girls with disabilities

Izna was born with a hearing impairment and her school in Nepal didn’t have the resources to support her, forcing her to drop out. With the help of the ENGAGE project, Inza is now back in education and thriving.

Children playing. Nyamasheke, Rwanda.
VSO/Mussa

Levelling the playing field in early learning - Let's Learn Through Play

Here volunteer Anisa Hay from the USA talks about her role on our ‘Let’s Learn Through Play’ programme in Rwanda. The programme is funded by the Lego Foundation and promotes play-based learning as the foundation of early childhood education.