Jan 25, 2021


Ameen's learning continues, thanks to your support
Ameen's learning continues, thanks to your support


The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented global emergency in education in 2020. Over 1.6 billion children – 91% of the world’s students – saw their education disrupted for months by school closings. For the first time in human history, an entire generation had their education disruptedMillions of marginalized children in poorer countries, those whose families have suffered from the economic shock of the pandemic, children in refugee camps and war zones, or who are disabled may never return to learning. This is especially true for girls, who are now at increased risk of child marriage and early pregnancy. Without school, children are exposed to hunger, violence and abuse because school isn’t just about learning – it’s where they may receive their only nutritious meal of the day and where they are safe and protected.

There is a very real danger that the 2020s will become a "lost decade" in terms of progress made in education for all. Safe Back to School is Save the Children's commitment to help save a generation’s education and one of Save the Children’s two top priorities worldwide in 2021. Our aspirations are to:

· Support the return of over 150 million children to school and learning through our programs, national-level coordination and advocacy;

· Actively support the return to learning of approximately 1 billion children through a global campaign and related advocacy and partnership activities; and

· Use the COVID-19 moment to “build back better,” ensuring more resilient education systems in countries both poor and wealthy.

 Safe Back to School builds on the momentum that our teams in 88 countries established in 2020 while helping children continue learning and return to schools that eventually reopened.  Our teams in every country where we work continue to support remote learning. As some schools reopen, we are prioritizing “back-to-school” campaigns, helping families made poorer by COVID-19 afford school fees, supporting teachers, and making sure schools have clean water and latrines.  Across Asia in 2020, for example, we supported over 596,000 students through distance learning programs.

Last year, your steadfast support and compassion for the most marginalized meant that Save the Children was able to respond quickly and thoroughly. Thank you! 

Bako's learning continues thanks to your support
Bako's learning continues thanks to your support
Oct 26, 2020

Families belong together

Family separation is a cruel and inhumane policy.

The cruel act of separation can cause severe negative social and emotional consequences for the children and their families in the days, months and years ahead. Our global evidence shows that children living in institutions away from their families are highly vulnerable to emotional, physical and psychological abuse, which can lead to lasting developmental problems, injuries and trauma.

 In response to recent news reports of court-appointed lawyers being unable to find the parents of 545 children who were separated at the U.S. southern border under a 2017 pilot program, Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) have urged the administration, in the strongest terms possible, to fix this man-made crisis and stop putting children at risk.

Children should not have to experience the trauma that comes from daily threats, a terrifying journey, forcefully being removed from their parents, facing danger at the border or being held indefinitely by the U.S. government.

 “Children arriving at the U.S. southern border are escaping extreme violence, poverty and unrest, and our government has a responsibility to treat them humanely and with dignity,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy. “We are working to make sure children’s rights are realized, protected and upheld, and they are healthy and safe.”

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Save the Children is continuing our support to girls and boys caught up in the Border Crisis, delivering much-needed aid to those whose already dangerous situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Oct 19, 2020

Success story in Yemen: Thanks to you

Razan, 8 years old after an airstrike in Yemen
Razan, 8 years old after an airstrike in Yemen

Eight-year-old Razan* (name changed for her safety) seriously injured her eye while fleeing violence in Hodeidah, Yemen in July 2018.  She was riding with her father, Samir,  on a motorcycle when an airstrike hit another vehicle on the same street. A piece of shrapnel from the blast hit Razan in her eye, and immediately caused heavy bleeding and intense pain. As the heavy shelling continued, Samir was forced to continue their journey for safety, and only had time to wrap a shawl around her head.

 After an hour they arrived in Almrawah district and Razan’s eye was still bleeding heavily. Samir took her to a nearby hospital to try and stop the bleeding and treat her eye, but the hospital wasn’t specialized enough to help. They advised Samir to take her to a specialist eye hospital, but the family couldn’t afford the bus-fare.

Razan spent five days at home in intense pain, while her eye became more inflamed. Her condition kept deteriorating and she could no longer see through her injured eye. Finally, Samir found someone who could lend him enough money for the transport costs to hospital, and he rushed her there immediately. When they arrived, they met a member of Save the Children Team, who referred Razan for emergency surgery. After her surgery, Save the Children then referred Razan to a hospital in Sana’a for surgery and later for specialist treatment.

After two long surgeries, Razan’s eyesight was saved.  About a year after her operation Razan started getting constant headaches, so she was referred again to a specialist who recommended she get special glasses. Save the Children paid for the glasses and psychosocial support to help Razan recover from what she has been through. In 2020 during a check in Razan reported that she was feeling much better, and the glasses were very helpful. Her headaches has stopped ad she has started going to school again. 

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children is able to support the recovery of children like Razan, caught in conflicts they had no part in starting.  Thank you for your support! 

Razan, a year later in recovery
Razan, a year later in recovery
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