Children using tablet computers on the VSO Malawi Unlocking Talent project

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

An older woman and a teenage girl sit outside on the ground in Nepal, studying
VSO/Suraj Shakya

Empowering a new generation of adolescent girls with education (ENGAGE)

Our ENGAGE project in Nepal is addressing socio-cultural norms which don’t prioritise girls’ education, raising awareness of the support available for girls with disabilities, and building the skills and capacity of educators through training and mentoring.

Young children play with the volunteers

Let’s Learn Through Play (Twigire Mumikino Rwanda)

Play is the most important way for children to gain essential knowledge and skills. Twigire Mumikino Rwanda, or ‘Let’s Learn Through Play', is a four-year project funded by the Lego Foundation creating change at all levels of the education system.

Two young schoolchildren sit on the floor at Mdzobwe Primary School and use their tablets to learn
VSO/Jeff DeKock

Building Educational Foundations through Innovation and Technology (BEFIT)

Through the BEFIT project, we’re aiming to improve the foundational literacy and numeracy skills for 3.5 million children across 5,770 public primary schools in Malawi.

Girl in a classroom in Nepal | VSO
©VSO/Willemijn van Kol

Sisters for Sisters' Education

Supporting vulnerable girls to succeed in school – and beyond.

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

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.