Our aim is to end the global education crisis. We combine the power of campaigning, policy, and innovation to create change from the top-down and bottom-up to ensure every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future.
Theirworld’s model of impact is not a traditional charity model. We set agendas through our reports and calls to action. We forge powerful partnerships with foundations, business, young people, campaigners and civil society organizations. We campaign to unlock financing and political will at the highest level while simultaneously innovating to deliver and scale up inclusive solutions focused on the most marginalized. Combined, this model has led to a strong track record of delivering impact.
Impact: Results Delivered on the Ground
In countries across the world, we are delivering pioneering solutions and scaling the most effective initiatives to provide education and opportunity for the most marginalised young people. Some examples include:
- 1,200 girls and young women have been trained in coding across Africa and the Middle East since the launch of our Code Clubs in 2016
- We support a cohort of 1,000 youth campaigners in more than 90 countries across the globe with skills for campaigning on global education.
- Over 10 million people signed our petition for global education – making it the largest global education petition in history.
- We provided digital skills training to 35 public school teaching staff in Lebanon and built the capacity of 4 technology partners to deliver on digital education.
- We provided 4,000 Lebanese and Syrian children with a daily portion of healthy food and a daily portion of milk at school and 40 teachers with learning tools on the positive impacts of healthy food to educate themselves and their students.
- We set up the first Child Marriage Free Zone in Pakistan which directly benefitted over 900 girls and women and, more widely reached and impacted more than 3000 community members.
- We enrolled 1300 refugees ages 14-19 in Turkish language courses. Of the participants, 85% of students completed the course, and passed the necessary exam to receive a TOMER language qualification certificate.
Impact: Making Large Scale Change
The innovations of double-shift schools for Syrian refugees
In 2013, more than 500,000 school-aged refugee children were living in Lebanon and very few were in school due to being displaced by the Syrian war. Theirworld funded a team of experts to work with the government, international agencies and NGOs to develop a solution. The proposal was a “double-shift school” system in Lebanon for Syrian refugees. Theirworld convened a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly with the UN Special Envoy and donors agencies to present the plan and embarked on a campaign to raise the funding and political will to make it a reality.
Today, the proposal has resulted as a central pillar of the Reaching All Children with Education (RACE) national strategy. Theirworld’s campaigning has contributed to more than 300,000 refugee and vulnerable children receiving an education in Lebanon. And today, Theirworld continues to support by providing key personnel to support the delivery of the double-shift schools through the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Training teachers to support traumatised students
In Turkey, Theirworld noticed that many refugee children mainstreamed into the government schools were traumatised by their experiences as refugees. This was holding back their learning potential, resulting in classroom behavior issues, and ultimately dropping out of school. The teaching personnel were not equipped to address these needs and manage the classrooms. With a local organisation, we piloted a Trauma Informed Teaching initiative which provided additional training to teachers about how to manage classrooms and provide support to these students. In recognition of the project’s impact, the Ministry of National Education has agreed to extend the project to nine additional provinces, an encouraging signal for other governments, donor agencies and implementation partners to take into consideration for further scaling up of these efforts inside Turkey and in other refugee contexts.
Unlocking funding for millions of refugee children
Education in emergencies was often an afterthought in humanitarian assistance, with many children and young people going years without any opportunity to continued their studies in refugee camps or during displacement. To make this a global priority, Theirworld put its full campaigning weight behind the creation of a new fund for education in emergencies, convening a group of over 50 civil society organisations. The result was the creation of the Education Cannot Wait fund, which has delivered education to more than 1.3 million school places.
Reaching 10% of Humanitarian Funding for Education
Since 2015, Theirworld and its campaigners have worked to ensure evidence about the importance of education in emergencies was readily available for policymakers at the European Union. After four years of engagement with Theirworld, the EU announced that it had exceeded the recommended 4-6% target and reach a new goal of dedicating 10% of its humanitarian budget to education. This timeline shows how Theirworld and its network of partners supported the EU to achieve this breakthrough.
New insights on the Long-term effects of premature birth
Theirworld’s signature project, the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory, conducts innovative work to advance our understanding of what causes early labour, how we can develop treatments to prevent it and how we can better help newborn babies in those first crucial hours and days after birth to give every child the best start in life. It has created a team of world-class scientists and clinicians whose work is already having an impact on the lives of premature babies. The Laboratory's newest project is a pioneering study launched in November 2015. The Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort will follow 400 young people from infancy to adulthood and will help to reach a broader understanding of developmental problems as a result of being born too early or too small. This comprehensive study is a world first in investigating the long-term effects of preterm birth on the developing brain.