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Our impact on global education

57 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, early marriage, and lower income-earning potential. We address barriers to education and work with communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive. These accomplishments represent some of our 2015 impact:


children enrolled in school

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States in 2015.


teachers empowered to improve quality of education

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States in 2015.


parents engaged in their children’s education

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States in 2015.

Evaluations and Evidence

World Vision just completed the Ethiopians Fighting Against Child Exploitation (E-FACE) project, funded by the United States Department of Labor, to provide support to the country in addressing child labor. The primary focus centers on education aimed at sustainably reducing the number of children aged 5-17 years old engaged in and at risk of child labor in the weaving, agricultural, and other sectors in Gamo Gofa, Wolaita, and Addis Ababa. The project addressed the needs of over 20,000 children at-risk of and engaged in child labor with education services and over 7,000 households who have children at-risk of or engaged in child labor with better access to profitable markets and credit. Notably, the percent of E-FACE children involved in child labor decreased from 85% to 1.4% over three years, and the enrollment rate of these children increased from 64% to 95.1% over the same time period.  This infographic highlights key impact over the life of the project.

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR) is a global literacy initiative through which World Vision, USAID, and the Australian government offer competitive awards to organizations and universities that leverage science and technology to create and apply scalable solutions to improve early grade reading in developing countries.

Two rounds of grants have been awarded. In round 1, 32 projects focused on teaching and learning materials and education data in 22 countries. One grantee, World Reader, used e-reader technology in Ghana to more than double students’ reading comprehension scores in English and their mother tongue. See their results and those of the other 31 grantees here, as well as overall round 1 results in this infographic (pdf).

In round 2, 14 grants were awarded focusing on innovative ideas to leverage the transformative power of technology to leapfrog existing challenges preventing children from learning to read. Read the grantees’ profiles here.


Our Approach

+ Why are so many children out of school?

Children who live in extreme poverty face so many barriers to education, including:

  • Armed conflict or natural disasters
  • Child labor or having to work at home and care for siblings
  • Illness from preventable causes like malaria or waterborne disease
  • Weakness from malnourishment
  • Inability to afford school fees or supplies

+ What is World Vision doing to help children gain access to quality and equitable education?

Our approach focuses on three factors that improve children’s learning:

  • Increasing children’s access to equitable and quality early-childhood education and primary education, with special attention for girls
  • Strengthening community involvement in education to improve learning
  • Fostering an environment that enables learning through partnerships and advocacy with communities, governments, universities, donors, and other non-profits

+ Does World Vision build schools and provide books and school supplies?

If a lack of supplies and proper learning environment are barriers to education, we want to address those issues in a sustainable way. Sometimes, that means utilizing corporate or government donations of appropriate teaching and learning materials, such as library books, notebooks, and other relevant school supplies.

But we strive for sustainability in all we do, so we focus on interventions like giving parents a small business loan and job training so they can support themselves and afford to send their children to school for years to come.

Our Areas of Impact

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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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