Education is the cornerstone of open societies. It lays the groundwork for the future direction of people’s lives and the societies they live in. It is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights and for social, political, and economic participation.
Most countries have laws requiring children to attend school and constitutional guarantees on the right to education. Yet this right is threatened through exclusion, segregation, corruption, weak education policies, and insufficient accountability of governments and education providers. The Education Support Program works in South Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and Central and Eastern Europe to make the right to education meaningful and seeks to enable and promote—through grant-making, advocacy, and programmatic efforts—quality education for all.
We work to:
- identify and amplify compelling, socially just, evidence-based ideas advancing the right to education;
- support strong institutions with good governance who can deliver these ideas;
- back social mobilization and strategic litigation to demand accountability among education actors;
- convene education actors, often with divergent views, such as community organizations, unions, international organizations, government ministries, private education providers, and enable an informed and purposeful debate; and
- support and nurture education reform and highlight best practice examples to others in the education field.