The right to education is a human right. Education is indispensable for the development of the individual and the community. Help rebuilds schools that were destroyed in war or by natural disasters so that children can go back to school. Help also promotes vocational training to create long-term prospects.
Support Help's education projects - donate now!
"My name is Halima and I am 15 years old. My family had to flee from Afghanistan because of the war. My parents did not find any work in Iran and we were not able to go to school. Now that the war is over, we are happy to be back. My parents are receiving occupational training thanks to Help and we can go to school again.
Lack of education has many reasons
Worldwide, more than 258 million school-age children do not go to school. The majority of them live in Africa and in South and West Asia. There are many reasons for this: lack of infrastructure, financial and domestic problems are just some of them.
Girls and children with disabilities are particularly disadvantaged. Often schools are not equipped for the disabled and there is a lack of sanitary facilities. Many girls have to drop out of school as soon as they reach puberty because they do not have access to hygiene products such as sanitary towels, tampons or menstrual cups.
Often, parents are also dependent on the children for help in the household. Instead of reading, writing or arithmetic, fetching water, cooking or doing laundry are then on the timetable so that the family can be adequately provided for.
But a lack of space for education is also one of the most common reasons why so many children worldwide do not receive a school education. Natural disasters or wars are often responsible for schools being destroyed or having to be used as emergency accommodation.
First and foremost, Help supports vocational training, for example in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo or Montenegro. True to our motto of helping people to help themselves, we also train people in disaster-affected regions in hygiene and earthquake-resistant construction.
In addition, we build and repair schools and training centres. We equip schools with sanitary facilities, blackboards and desks and distribute school materials so that children and young people can learn properly.
Education is the key to a better future and creates opportunities for work, income and an independent and self-determined life.
In Burkina Faso, there are more than 4,000 "straw hut schools" where children are taught outdoors under makeshift thatched roofs. This is also the case in the small village of Sorogo in the north of the country. The primary school is so overcrowded that sometimes four to five children have to share a school bench for three.
In order to provide the children with an adequate learning environment, Help is currently building a new primary school in Sorogo. We are also equipping the school with furniture and learning materials so that lessons can soon take place in proper classrooms. Because education is crucial to reduce poverty in the long term.
In many countries, the outbreak of the coronavirus led to classes suddenly being held only in online classrooms. In South East Europe, many school children therefore faced a problem: their families cannot afford a computer or mobile phone, so the children had no access to education for the time being.
In order to secure the children's right to education and give them prospects for a better future, Help distributes laptops and mobile phones with internet access to those in particular need, such as Roma families, in South East Europe. In this way, we support the children in lifting themselves out of poverty in the long term.
War has been raging in Syria since 2011. To prevent the feared "Lost Generation" from becoming a reality, Help has renovated destroyed classrooms and rebuilt schools. After more than eight years of war, it is more important than ever to give children in Syria the chance of a better future.
In doing so, we paid particular attention to handicapped-accessible equipment such as ramps and railings, as an estimated 750,000 Syrian children have to live with disabilities as a result of the war. 2,560 children can go back to school thanks to Help!