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.

It’s difficult for some children to access the education they deserve. For the most vulnerable, there can be numerous barriers preventing them from attending school.

To address this we work directly with communities - supporting mentors and local role models who take responsibility for children’s education. Together, we work to keep children in school and challenge harmful cultural norms that can prevent young people from completing their education.

By training teachers – both in school and pre-service – we invest in the people with the power to change education for good, improving the quality of teaching and ensuring long-lasting changes in learning outcomes. We work to build the capacity of government agencies and school management committees, supporting them to design and deliver inclusive education programmes that leave no child behind.

Using innovative inclusive technology and low-cost, sustainable resources, our volunteers support teachers to deliver engaging lessons in even in the poorest and most remote areas.


Programmes supporting education system strengthening

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Sisters for Sisters' Education

The Sisters for Sisters’ Education project has been getting some of Nepal's most vulnerable girls into education.

A student on the Unlocking Talent programme smiles as she works on her tablet in Mdzobwe Primary School

Using technology to deliver high quality education

Addressing global education challenges with award-winning technology.

A group of young children carry teaching materials as they walk outside, led by their teacher
Alice Kayibanda

Building Learning Foundations

Developing long-term, sustainable solutions to improve basic teaching for every child in Rwanda.

A piece of cardboard with diagrammes and numbers to help pupils learn simple addition

Numeracy for all

Developing low-cost, high-quality maths teaching aids.

Other areas of our work improving inclusive education

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.