Explainers

Child labour

Learn what child labour is and why it affects millions of children all over the world. The work that children do may prevent them from going to school, it may be hazardous, illegal or affect their physical and mental well-being.

Child marriage

Learn what child marriage is and why it is a global problem. Understand how it can disrupt girls' educations and the steps that can be taken to tackle the issue.

Child nutrition (early childhood development)

An explanation of child nutrition and how it contributes to allowing children's brains and bodies to develop properly.

Child soldiers

Those under 18 who are used in the military, whether as fighters or in some other role, are known as child soldiers. Conscripts are denied the opportunity of education.

Child trafficking

Find out about the extent of child trafficking and the steps that are being taken to address it.

Children with disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely to miss out on school than other children - and about global commitments to overcome the barriers and give inclusive education to all children.

Early childhood development

Learn about how early childhood development supports children’s nurturing care and development from birth to age five- and how Theirworld is campaigning for urgent action to make sure all children have access to the full range of nurturing care.

Education Cannot Wait fund

The Education Cannot Wait fund is the first global fund to give vital support to children who are affected by humanitarian emergencies including conflicts, natural disasters and other crises. All children have the right to receive an education, including those in emergencies.

Education Commission

Find more information about the structure, objectives and work of the Education Commission.

Education funding

Why there is a global gap in education funding and how this threatens the goal of all girls and boys getting a quality primary and secondary education.

Education in emergencies

Find out why education is vital to millions of children affected by humanitarian emergencies across the world.

Girls' education

Discover more about the barriers - such as child marriage and cultural discrimination - that stop millions of girls from going to school.

Global Faiths Coalition for Education

Learn more about the work of the Global Faiths Coalition for Education (GFC Education)

Global Youth Ambassadors

Global Youth Ambassadors are a worldwide network of over 900 young people in more than 90 countries who are supporting the movement to get every child into school and learning.

Health and education convergence

Learn about health and education convergence, where the idea came from and how it works in practice.

Learning through play (early childhood development)

Find out about the importance of learning through play and the serious issues if a young child is not given enough opportunity to play.

Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the Youth Takeover of the United Nations

On 12 July 2013, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. It was her first public speech, leading the first ever Youth Takeover of the UN, with an audience of over 500 young education advocates from around the world. Malala's advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Refugees and internally displaced people

Refugees and internally displaced children often do not have access to education or schools. This page defines the difference between refugees and internally displaced people, and describes several ways they may be supported.

Right to education

Find out what we mean by the right to education and how important it is that every child is able to get a quality education without discrimination.

Safe pregnancy and birth

Learn about the importance of safe pregnancy and childbirth for women in the poorest nations - and how without it death and disadvantage are likely outcomes.

Safe Schools

Learn about why Safe Schools are important and the measures put in place to help children continue their education during crisis, conflict or after a natural disaster.

Safe Schools Declaration

Learn about the Safe Schools Declaration and how it aims to protect students, teachers and education facilities during times of armed conflict.

Street children

How children end up on the streets, what that means for their lives and why specific approaches are needed to help them get into learning.

Sustainable Development Goals

Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what they mean for Theirworld as a set of global commitments to end poverty, protect the planet and promote peace.