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According to the UN, in 2018, 260 million children were out of school.


billion children out of school due to COVID-19


children not meeting proficiency standards in maths or reading


million in Africa affected by food insecurity


illiterate population lives in sub-Saharan Africa


illiterate population lives in South Asia


million adults remain illiterate with two-thirds of them being women

The gender gap in education is staggering. 5.5 million more primary school-age girls were out of school than boys in 2018.

IIRR empowers rural people through an emphasis on access to education and training


IIRR’s Access program focuses on making education accessible for all, including girls and women, children, people with disabilities, and others.

Skills for Success

This program uses proven learning methods to train, upskill, and reskill rural people in order to empower them to increase their livelihoods.

Highlights of our work

In 2019, IIRR conducted 650 courses and workshops in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. From equipping 1,200 learners with literacy and numeracy skills in 9 cattle camps in South Sudan to 12,566 girls in Kenya continuing their education, IIRR has always empowered rural people with education.


workshops and courses across Africa, Asia and Latin America


learners in South Sudan equipped with literacy and numeracy skills


girls in Kenya supported in their education

We highlight some detailed examples of our work below:

Access to Education

Pastoral Education and Integrated School Field Projects in South Sudan

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Skills for Success

Red IV Training Projects in Cambodia

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