Educational Interventions Fact Sheet

Educational Interventions Fact Sheet
What is it?

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program provides for a child’s primary education and tutoring. However, a lack of resources at the secondary level can stall the acceleration of otherwise high-potential students.

Through educational interventions, Compassion provides additional education and training opportunities that challenge and prepare students who demonstrate the ability to further advance their education and escape the poverty into which they were born.

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Key Statistics
  • In 2013, 124 million children and young adolescents, ages 6 - 15, either never started school or dropped out. Globally, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for over half of all out-of-school children. 1
  • Girls are more likely to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems. In 2012, girls made up more than half - 63 million – of out of school children. 2
  • The global number of out-of-school children of primary school age rose by 2.4 million between 2010 and 2013, 1 with poverty being the single greatest factor that keeps children out of school. 3
  • Inequality also persists in the transition from primary to secondary school. In the Philippines, 69 percent of primary school graduates from the poorest families continued into secondary, compared with 94 percent of adolescents from the richest households. 4
  • Worldwide literacy rates among youth and adults ages 15-24 continue to improve, rising from 83 to 90 percent between 1990 and 2012. However, 126 million young people are still illiterate, two-thirds of which are women. 5
  • If all students in low incomes countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. 4
Our Strategy

Education plays a significant role in releasing a child from poverty. An educated child is equipped with the tools to fight poverty and conquer disease.

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Compassion works with its partner churches to identify the needs that extend beyond our core ministries. For families who cannot afford these needs, Compassion’s educational interventions provide:

  • Books, supplies and fees for tests and labs
  • Postsecondary classes and/or vocational training
  • Literacy and financial training for adult caregivers
  • Non-formal education resources, such as playgrounds, libraries, computer labs and training
  • Curriculum development for church partners
  • Educational fees that exceed core provisions, including after-school tutoring and pre-university preparatory courses and entrance exams
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1 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Out of School Children Policy Paper 22 / Fact Sheet 31, 2015
2 UNICEF, Girls’ education and gender equality, 2015
3 UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All, 2015
4 UNESCO, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2015
5 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2014 Adult and Youth Literacy Fact Sheet
6 World Health Organization (WHO), Treatment of children living with HIV, 2015

U.S. Media Contacts

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Becca Bishop: (719) 272-5109

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