Oxfam believes every single child has the right to a basic education.
Yet today, more than 72 million children in the developing world – the majority of them girls – are going without one. There are currently 771 million adults worldwide that are illiterate (64 per cent are women).
It’s a global disaster. Why? Because an education offers the best chance to develop the skills needed to make ourselves heard in the world, to influence the decisions that affect our lives and an opportunity to break free from poverty
Where we work
- Vanuatu: Young people in rural Vanuatu are getting a second chance at an education.
- Solomon Islands: ensuring effective primary education
Global Campaign for Education
Oxfam International is an active member of the Global Campaign for Education, working with others from the local to global level to call for more funding for education, and to get more girls into school.
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As donor aid levels plummet, children in developing countries could face a bleak future as they miss out on the chance to go to school. Ahead of a high level Global Partnership for Education (GPE) meeting in Copenhagen on November 8, international agency Oxfam has called for rich country donors and the World Bank to put money on the table for basic education.
Martha Wainwright is a Canadian singer/songwriter. She has joined up with Scottish rockers Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill on a new version of their iconic Simple Minds song ‘Promised You a Miracle’, launching worldwide this month [May 2010]. The new acoustic version of the 1982 hit single has been recorded for international development agency Oxfam as an appeal to world leaders to prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of women who die because of complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
Oxfam Head of Campaigns responds to OECD predictions that 2010 will see overseas aid stand at a staggering US$21 billion lower than promised.