What we do

The children’s charity Theirworld is helping children to unlock their potential by focussing its efforts on three causes - giving every child quality preschool care, enforcing every child’s right to go to school and giving every young adult access to skills development.

Theirworld believes we can end the global education crisis and unleash the potential of the next generation.  

We combine the power of campaigning, policy, and innovative projects to create change from the top-down and bottom-up and deliver on our mission: ensuring that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future.  

We do this by: 

  • Setting agendas: Current rates of progress will leave more than half of all young people without meaningful opportunity by 2030. Our policy and research bring forward the most relevant evidence to expose gaps in delivering opportunity and set the bar higher for governments and the international community to deliver results for the next generation.  
  • Forging powerful partnerships: The global education crisis is so big that everyone has something to contribute. We combine the power and know-how of young people, the business community, civil society, philanthropy, campaigners and academia working together in new ways to unleash the potential of the next generation.  
  • Campaigning and innovating: We mobilise our networks – even when the solutions look impossible – to tackle the next barrier standing in the way of opportunity for young people. We also deliver on-the-ground projects which work to overcome the challenges facing the most marginalised children and youth – including new-borns, refugees, children with disabilities– and collaborate with partners to scale-up what works. 
  • Delivering impact: We deliver transformative results that transcend the work of any single organisation to unleash sustainable and scalable change. We reach for high-hanging fruit and never let go until we ensure political will, financing, inclusion and innovation meet the needs of the next generation. 

Our mission is to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future. Here's how we do this:

Every Child Deserves the Best Start in Life

Every child deserves the best start in life, which includes a healthy birth and quality and inclusive early childhood education.  Too many children from poorer and marginalised households are unable to access the support and care they need. Our research, campaigning, and projects are unlocking the best start for every child.

Every Child Deserves a Safe Place to Learn

Every child deserves a safe place to learn, especially for children in emergencies and conflict. There are nearly 300 million children and youth around the world who do not go to school and 75 million will have their education interrupted this year due to conflict and emergency situations. Our campaigns and projects are delivering resources to ensure that every child has a safe place to learn.

Every Young Person Deserves the Skills to Unleash their Potential

Every young person deserves to have the skills and preparation necessary to be engaged citizens and participate meaningfully in society. On current trends, it is predicted more than half of all young people will be left behind without the skills necessary for employment by 2030. Our campaigns, Global Youth Ambassador program, and skills projects are preparing the next generation of campaigners, coders and entrepreneurs – especially young girls – with skills for the future. 

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