Educating girls and boys for life is the heart of World Vision’s approach to education. We
invest in and provide access to quality education for millions of girls and boys—including the
most vulnerable, hardest to reach and those with disabilities—in safe and nurturing learning
- We provide early childhood education from infancy, working with parents and caregivers to
stimulate children’s early brain development and establish the foundations for learning.
- Our pre-school programming focuses on pre-literacy, pre-numeracy and early social skills, preparing
children for formal schooling.
- In the early primary grades, we prioritize girls’ and boys’ reading comprehension skills.
- With adolescents and youth, we cultivate abilities in entrepreneurship, employability and life skills
that empower them in their future life planning and decisions.
While we’re focused on ensuring girls and boys are enrolled and staying in school, we use approaches
that reach both in-school and out-of-school children with quality learning opportunities. Meanwhile,
our gender-responsive community interventions address girls’ right to access education and reduce
barriers such as early marriage and pregnancy, household poverty, gender-based violence and harmful
traditional practices and beliefs.
Using research and impact evidence from our education projects, we advocate to national
governments and policy makers for improved, gender-responsive and inclusive education services
for girls and boys. Where formal education systems have been weakened or eroded by crisis, World
Vision supports national ministries of education, strengthens the systems to respond to the needs of
vulnerable children, adolescents and youth, and encourages resilience by preparing communities for
future shocks to their education services.
How we’ve adapted in the
face of COVID-19
- The pandemic has significantly impacted
the way World Vision conducts education
programming—in both long-term
development settings and during
emergency responses – from methods of
student instruction and teacher training to
in-school safety protocols.
- Innovative no-tech, low-tech and hi-tech
approaches including at-home learning,
remote radio instruction and online
instruction (where possible) have reached
thousands of out-of-school girls, boys
and youth with continuous learning, and
supported their return to formal education
when schools reopened.