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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

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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Latest news

Aid cuts could spell disaster for the education of poor children

November 8, 2011

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.

You promised us a miracle

May 24, 2010

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.

Rich countries have no excuse for broken aid promises

February 17, 2010

Oxfam Head of Campaigns responds to OECD predictions that 2010 will see overseas aid stand at a staggering US$21 billion lower than promised.

Latest blogs

Nobel Peace Prize

October 13, 2014

Oxfam congratulates education champions Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai on Nobel Peace Prize

A fine education

January 30, 2013

With every batch of new university enrolments, there are always special stories that emerge.

Education is a child's right

TV3 Sacha McNeil December 18, 2012

Education is every child's right in New Zealand, but in Vanuatu, schooling beyond primary is a rare luxury.

Latest stories

May 20, 2012

When cyclones rip through their island, villagers in Lume now have a safe place to shelter.

June 13, 2010

For many years Oxfam supported the drama group, Wan Smolbag, with their work to increase awareness and demystify issues around reproductive health, in particular sexually transmitted diseases and HIV and AIDS.

November 25, 2009

After experiencing the devastation caused by Cyclone Ivy in 2004, Oxfam saw a real need to help improve the construction quality of the Rural Training Centre buildings.