Every child has the right to an education.

Education transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty that traps so many children. 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.

And yet: an astounding number of children and youth — an estimated 264 million globally — are not getting an education, due to war, famine, child marriage, child labor and other forms of violence, deprivation and abuse. 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. 

Fast Fact