COVID-19 has wiped out 20 years of education gains globally.

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Primary education is critical in the development of children and their communities. Not only does education develop important intellectual and social skills, education breaks down socioeconomic barriers and creates opportunities for children who would otherwise lack them. Today, 57 million children are not enrolled in school due to poverty, lack of teachers and classrooms, and other obstacles. We work towards achieving universal primary education. One child at a time.

The primary objective of children’s education is to give children all of the necessary tools to reach their highest potential. Considerable progress in children’s education has been achieved since the year 2000. In fact, the number of out-of-school children has been cut in half! Even still, in the developing world 1 in 10 primary aged children are not enrolled in school.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion with over one-fifth of children between the ages of 6 and 11 out of school. The challenges that face children’s education in this region are daunting. Some of these challenges include the rapid increase in the number of primary school aged children, armed conflict, extreme poverty, and natural disasters.

As is true with many other sectors, children’s education has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations has called the pandemic a “generational catastrophe” for children’s education, with 101 million children grades 1-8 falling below minimum reading proficiency levels in 2020. 



At One Day’s Wages we know that educating the children of the world is invaluable to fighting extreme global poverty. In an effort to close the disparity gap in education, we work on projects that dismantle barriers keeping children from attending school. We also understand that quality of education is equally important to access to education. Therefore, our projects emphasize providing children living in poverty or rural areas the same opportunities for education as everyone else.

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