Together, we're equipping the next generation with knowledge and skills for life
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to all children receiving their right to education. When equipped with knowledge, skills and ambition, children can grow up to live happy, empowered lives, and be valuable members of their society.
Our holistic approach to learning and education embraces all dimensions of child wellbeing. It accompanies children individually from birth onwards to develop their own potential and strengths. Each individual’s educational path then contributes to the sustainable development of society as a whole.
At least 68 million primary school-age children around the world are denied their right to education. One of the main obstacles preventing children from going to school is poverty. We believe that the poverty cycle can be broken by all children getting a good education.
Around the world, SOS Children’s Villages works to provide a holistic education to children, that develops cognitive, social, emotional, physical and vocational skills.
* Nearly 23,000 young children receive pre-school education and childcare at 217 SOS Nurseries (or Kindergartens)
* Over 100,000 children attend 183 SOS Primary and Secondary Schools.
* Over 17,000 young adults benefit from 63 SOS Vocational Training Centres where they gain skills and knowledge to help them find employment.
* Overall, 140,000 children, young people and adults are enrolled in our education programmes.
The importance of early childhood development
For children not yet old enough to attend primary school, we offer a stimulating and educational environment at our nurseries. We build SOS Nurseries beside our Children’s Village when there are not existing services available. Here, young children develop their social, mental and motor skills, preparing them for primary school. Teaching, toys, and games at our nurseries are tailored to the local culture.
Youngsters from the communities around our Villages, as well as from within them, attend SOS Nurseries. Local families value the daycare services we offer, as it gives parents the space to go out to work, happy that their little ones are being well looked after.
Single mothers especially benefit from our daycare services, as they can earn an income and support their families. In this way, our SOS Nurseries help families to stay together, in the same spirit as our family strengthening programmes.
Children growing up in SOS families always receive a quality education, either at local state schools or in SOS Schools.
Each SOS School follows the local curriculum, and teachers from the region deliver an education in line with the local culture. Education is child-centred and respects each child as a unique learner who is an active participant, with specific needs and learning styles. We believe child-centred education is key to a child’s success at school, and our teachers are trained in this approach.
Children who attend SOS Schools receive a high-quality education, gaining skills for life. We also provide skills training for young people at SOS Vocational Training Centres. Here, skills are taught that will help young people to find work in their local labour market. The centres offer courses and apprenticeships in various trades, industries and services. These include car mechanics, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical engineering, home economics, commerce, agriculture, and IT. Courses are tailored to the local job market, and apprentices graduate with good job prospects in their community.