Children in Crisis was established in 1993 in the UK to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives.
Vision: All children receive the learning needed for their flourishing and wellbeing.
Mission: Where resources are few, where education is needed to heal the nation, and where it is too remote for others, the aim is to support children to read, write, think, pursue their life goals and contribute positively to their communities.
Education for children is of paramount importance in today’s world and it is one of the reasons why Children in Crisis exists. CiC currently works to help children suffering the effects of poverty and conflict in Africa and Asia - specifically in Afghanistan, Burundi, DR Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Children are at the centre of everything they do. CiC believes in a moral duty to protect and nurture the most vulnerable and dependent children in the society. Through education, they have a fairer chance in life, and above all, it allows them to flourish as a human being and to contribute positively to their families, and society.
Education has been called an inoculation against poverty and resurgent conflict. In many post-conflict situations, thousands who have missed out on schooling, are marginalised and too easily whipped up by dangerous leaders into new rounds of conflict. It is in these tough environments that children face illiteracy and major barriers to education - it is one of the reasons why they focus on politically unstable and conflict-affected countries.
The economic and strategic arguments for educating children are just as compelling. Investing in a child’s early development and learning yields the highest individual and collective benefits as compared to investing in later life. Quite simply, tackling the causes of poverty and child poverty is so much more effective.
A population’s education and health status play a significant role in a country’s economic development. Education empowers the people to help themselves and thus helps to improve governance.
Illiteracy and poverty too often go hand-in-hand whist education can hugely increase the innovative capacity of an economy, even at local level.
In sub-Saharan Africa, 10 million children drop out of school every year.
Of the millions of primary aged children still not enrolled in school worldwide, 56% are found in fragile and conflict affected states.
Each extra year of education raises lifetime earnings by about 10% (DFID).
With an educated population, a country will also gain an extra 1% GDP for every year of schooling provided (DFID).
However a year of schooling does not produce the same cognitive skills everywhere and this is why our main focus is on quality education. CiC deoesn’t just build schools, they also train teachers to high standards and introduce modern teaching methods.
CiC also invests in women’s literacy classes and vocational training. They recognise that better education also results in better health for mothers and children because of better access to crucial information and health care.
It is broadly recognised that a clear boost to economic development can only be achieved through investment in secondary education. However, facilitating access to secondary education can only be achieved through universal primary education and through women's education so that they encourage their children, girls in particular, to go to school...
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