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According to the UN, 244 million children and youth were out of school in 2021.


million children globally were unable to access remote learning during school closures caused by COVID-19.


of the global poor age 15 and older have no schooling or only some basic education.


million girls under age 18 are married each year, jeopardizing their education.


of illiterate youth aged 15 to 24 are found in South Asia, West, and Central Africa, and Eastern and Southern Africa.


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


of primary schools worldwide have basic handwashing facilities.

Skill deficits reach 94% in sub-Saharan Africa, 90% in south Asia, 70% in the Middle East and North Africa, and 66% in Latin America.

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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