Although education is a fundamental right according to the Convention on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, some 67 million school-aged children are denied access to proper schooling. In most cases, poverty, stigmatization, illness, or forced childhood labor keep these children out of the classroom.
SOS Children’s Villages places a central value on education for its key role in contributing to the health of families, by providing opportunity for economic growth and individual fulfilment. Where quality school facilities -- public or private -- simply do not exist, SOS Children's Villages runs kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and vocational centres. The organizatione works with communities across the globe to give children and families access to quality educational programming.