Education and Schools

Students attend pre-primary classes at Shilchari Para Kendra in Rangamati on 3 February, 2014.
Bangladesh
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Every child has the right to an education.

Education transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty that traps so many children. Yet, 262 million children and youth, one out of five children, are out of school.  Education for girls is particularly important — an educated mother will make sure her own children go to, and stay in, school.

With UNICEF's help, there are now 100 million more children and adolescents enrolled in primary and secondary schools around the world than there were a decade ago.

Some 387 million primary school-aged children and 230 million lower secondary school-aged children are failing to learn basic numeracy and literacy. Most of these children are in school. Each and every one of them deserves the opportunity to learn so that they may someday reach their full potential.

Whether it means setting up temporary classrooms for child refugees, building child-friendly schools, distributing books and other learning materials, training teachers or even rebuilding an entire educational system, UNICEF is committed to getting kids back to learning — whatever it takes. 

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