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  • 263 million children are out of school globally.

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    poverty

    Poverty lowers the likelihood of children like Sam or Monica having access to:

    • A local school
    • School supplies and uniforms
    • School fees
    • Transportation and
    • Parents may encourage their sons to earn a living and girls to get married early to relieve financial stress.

    So what can be done?

    Both Monica and Sam are Plan International sponsored children. That means, with the help of Canadian donors we work in their community to improve access to education by renovating or building schools, washrooms, providing scholarships, helping families afford uniforms, school supplies and more!

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  • 139 million youth aged 15-17 are not enrolled in school.

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    emergency

    Approximately 37 million children have their education disrupted each year because of environmental threat or disaster. From tsunamis to earthquakes, millions of children are out of school because natural disasters have devastated local infrastructure, leaving schools and communities in ruin.

    can anything be done?

    Plan International works with school and teachers to better prepare for disasters by teaching CPR, planting trees to build resilience against flooding and other weather systems, raising awareness about climate change and the importance of conservation and more!

    Sam and Monica live in an area impacted by windstorms and their school recently planted 200 trees that are serving as windbreaks.

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  • 1 in 5 children 6-17 are not in school

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    food and water

    When children don’t have healthy, nutritious food to eat they cannot focus in school. And when they don’t have any clean water to drink, they miss school, get sick and approximately 5,000 children die every day because of dirty water.

    So what can be done?

    Through school feeding programs, economic empowerment projects for families and clean water projects that build local wells or boreholes, we help eliminate lack of food and clean water as a barrier to education!

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  • 75 million children and youth, predominately girls are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries

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    Child Labour

    Approximately 1 in 4 children around the world are engaged in hazardous and exploitative child labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development.

    Monica and Sam belong in school, pursuing the future they desire not mining for gold or in a sweatshop making t-shirts.

    Do you agree?

    We do too! Poverty makes children vulnerable to exploitation. But there are a few ways in which we work to help eliminate this barrier.

    For example, Sam is part of a Plan International facilitated savings group for youth where he’s learning all about the importance of saving while gaining financial literacy that will empower him to make informed decisions about his future!

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  • One in six children live in areas affected by war or armed conflict

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    Child Soldier

    Approximately, 300,000 child soldiers are active in conflicts around the world. Once children are recruited and trained to be soldiers, they have little to no access to education.

    What can be done?

    Though Plan International has some projects that help us reach children who used to be child soldiers and assist with their rehabilitation and reintegration, war and conflict are too big a barrier for us to tackle in a meaningful way.

    Luckily, Sam does not live in a conflict afflicted area!

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  • Girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys during crises

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    Disability

    90% of children living with a disability in developing countries are not in school. If Sam had a disability, he would likely be out of school.

    But what about other kids?

    Plan International works with communities to decrease stigma and make schools more accessible for children with disabilities, by building ramps, through teacher training and more.

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  • Wow! That was a lot of barriers to overcome but together you've made it.

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  • Sam is in class and ready to learn!

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