Around the world, people will celebrate the first-ever International Day of Education on Thursday, Jan. 24. Learn about some organizations on the front lines of education and join the celebration!
International Day of Education is a United Nations observance designed to promote inclusive, equitable, and quality education as a human right. Worldwide, more than 265 million children are out of school, 22% of which are primary school age. This lack of access to education is a widespread problem—but it is solvable. You can be a part of that solution by donating to one of these amazing nonprofits:
1. Support gender parity in computer science and technology.
When the founder of Girls Who Code saw that the technology sector in America is struggling to fill open positions—yet only 0.8% of women graduating from college receive a degree in computer science— she knew they had to do something about it. Since 2012, her nonprofit has designed education programs to inspire and equip girls with the skills they need to succeed in tech. Support girls learning to code.
2. Bring books to rural school libraries.
Books are a rare find in Brazil’s Amazon region—the region occupies 61% of the country’s territory but only 8.2% of its public libraries. By providing books and literacy training to teachers, Vaga Lume Association is creating a culture of literacy in Amazon children with long-term positive impact on their reading and writing skills. Support children’s literacy in the Amazon.
3. Provide scholarships to indigenous women in Mexico.
In Oaxaca, Mexico, 29% of indigenous women over the age of 15 are illiterate and very few have access to higher education. Fondo Guadalupe Musalem A.C. provides young indigenous women who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement with scholarships. With the education they are able to receive, these young women continue to conduct and implement activities that assist others in their community and serve as role models for other women and girls. Support young women’s access to higher education.
4. Keep refugee children in school.
After years of conflict in the Balkans, children in refugee centers in Serbia are often forced to drop out of school to help their parents earn money. Pomoc deci provides for students’ needs, including winter clothes, lunch, tutoring, and textbooks, while working with parents to understand the long-term benefits of education. Support refugee children in Serbia.
5. Transform preschools for 450+ children.
While most children from low-income communities arrive at primary school without the basic skills needed for success, South African Partners believes in the power of early childhood education. They provide 450 children under age 5 in a high-poverty area with trained caretakers and teachers. These preschools foster childhood development through teachers equipped with proper training, mentorship, on-site coaching, and essential learning materials. Support early childhood education in South Africa.