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Education worldwide

The right to education is a human right. Education is essential for the development of the individual and the community. Help rebuilds schools that have been destroyed by war or natural disasters so that children can learn again. Help also promotes vocational training to create long-term prospects.

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A lack of education has many reasons

Worldwide, over 258 million children and young people of school age do not go to school. The majority of them live in Africa and South and West Asia. There are many reasons for this: a lack of infrastructure, poverty, displacement and social inequality.

Girls and children with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged. Many schools are not equipped for the disabled and there is a lack of sanitary facilities. Many girls are therefore unable to go to school during their periods or risk infection, as they often have no access to sanitary products such as pads, tampons or menstrual cups.

Children are often unable to go to school because they have to help their parents with household chores or work in the fields during the day. Instead of reading, writing or arithmetic, fetching water, cooking or washing clothes are on the timetable so that the family can be adequately provided for. Here too, girls are among the most disadvantaged children.

One of the most common reasons why so many children around the world do not receive an education is the lack of space for education. There are usually only a few schools in rural regions, partly because the pay for teachers is significantly lower than in large cities. In addition, schools are often destroyed, for example by natural disasters or wars. In crisis situations, schools are often used as emergency accommodation for refugees, meaning that lessons cannot take place.

Kind hält leuchtende Little Sun-Solarlampe hoch und lächelt


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, only a fraction of the population has access to electricity. Electricity is a rare resource, especially in rural areas. This restricts many children from learning: When they come home from school in the afternoon, they often first have to help their parents with the housework or in the fields. By the time they have time to do their homework, it is already dark. Together with "Little Sun", Help has brought light into the darkness.

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Help has been involved in the education sector in Afghanistan for around 20 years: in our vocational schools, we train young men and women in marketable professions. After their training, they earn their own income as hairdressers or tailors, for example. We are currently training over 3,250 young adults – including women.

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Botoi-Schule im Südsudan

South Sudan

Only a third of the population can read and write. One of the reasons for this is the lack of infrastructure. This is also the case in Abang: over 500 children attend the Botoi elementary school here, but the majority of lessons take place outside the school building under a tree. This was not only a major problem during the rainy season. Help has built three new classrooms, a staff room and a latrine house. Now the children can learn in a safe environment and exercise their right to education.

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Creating prospects with education

Our projects in the education sector work on two levels: Firstly, we provide children and young people with access to education. We build or repair schools, construct sanitary facilities and wells at schools and provide blackboards, desks and textbooks, for example.

On the other hand, we promote the education of young adults: We run training centers where marketable professions are taught. This gives young men and women long-term prospects.

Education is the key to a better future and creates opportunities for work, income and an independent and self-determined life.

My family had to flee Afghanistan because of the war. My parents couldn't find work in Iran and we couldn't go to school. Now that the war is over, we are happy to be back. Thanks to Help, my parents are getting vocational training and we can go back to school.

Halima, 15

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Burkinische Schulkinder in einer von Help gebauten Schule