Between 2009 and 2015, some 10 million children will benefit from IKEA Foundation (formerly known as IKEA Social Initiative) supported education programs managed by UNICEF and Save the Children.
Changing attitudes to education
IKEA Foundation promotes education to parents and communities. Womens self-help groups and girls’ collectives help to strengthen childrens rights and prevent child labor while at the same time they learn to influence their communities to make sure children go to school.
Getting children into school
Many children who have dropped out of school, or who never had the chance to go to school at all, need access to quality education. Informal “bridge schools” have successfully equipped children of different ages with basic reading, writing and maths skills before easing them into the conventional school system.
Improving the quality of education
To encourage children to go to school – and stay in school – the school environment has to be safe, child-friendly and free of violence. Teachers are being trained in child-friendly teaching techniques, and learning aids are being introduced and promoted. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in their childrens schooling.