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Currently, more than 100 million children are denied access to education, leaving them trapped in poverty. For another 140 million children, lack of teachers, classrooms and textbooks means that their education is of poor quality. Most children denied an education are girls. HIV/AIDS is undermining education through the loss of students, parents and teachers.

The UN CRC states that children have the right to an education. In April 2000 in Dakar, Senegal, 189 governments, including the Irish government, agreed to an international Education for All framework to provide a primary education for all the world's children. That same year, the United Nations adopted Education for All as a Millennium Development Goal to be achieved by the year 2015.

NYCI is a member of the Global Campaign for Education which works to ensure national governments honour their commitments to the Education for All goals.


Related Activities

Activities related to young people's access to education around the world.


What can you do?

Participate in the annual Global Action Week for Education for All in April. For more information, contact .


Dates for your Diary

  • 8 January - World Literacy Day
  • April - Global Action Week for Education for All
  • 5 October - World Teachers' Day
  • 20 November - Universal Children's Day
  • 10 December - Human Rights Day



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