Education is one of the most powerful tools we have to improve health and economic growth, and to unlock the potential to build a more sustainable society for us all. If we are to break the cycle of poverty, tackle climate change, and achieve gender equality, no one can be left without the opportunity to learn and grow.
Global program for Education
Singing songs. Painting pictures. Building with colourful bricks. Evidence shows that the activities that sound like pure fun are the building blocks of lifelong learning. Children who experience love, proper nutrition and protection in a stimulating environment during early childhood become resilient, learn effectively and can help build strong, safe communities and economies when they reach adulthood. Together with UNICEF, the H&M Foundation invests in a better future for the most vulnerable children through early education and care.
Supporting young children with disabilities
During the earliest years of life, love, good nutrition, protection, and stimulating activities such as play, singing and early learning give young children the best possible chance of reaching healthy brain development. Yet, millions of young children around the world, in particular those with disabilities, are deprived of these critical experiences and are growing up in unsafe and unstimulating environments.
The peace circus - a peace building collaboration
For over 60 years, Colombia has been in the midst of an internal armed conflict involving various armed groups. The harshness of the Colombian conflict has had intergenerational repercussions, causing violence to be a social phenomenon that has been normalized among citizens, including children. With support from the H&M Foundation, War Child runs a project in the province Putumayo, to break the culture of violence.
Getting children in West Harlem healthy and ready to learn
16 million children in the US live in poverty, and these children are the most vulnerable when it comes to diagnosing and following up health-related barriers to learning. Easily treatable health issues become a big problem for many of these children; a child who’s been awake all night with an asthma attack can’t focus on math, a child who can’t see the blackboard can’t keep up in spelling.
Improving quality of education in Indonesia
In the province of Nusa Teggara Timur, the two districts of Malaka and Belu are among the poorest. Many children are refugees with poor literacy skills. The project CERIA aims to ensure that children have access to child-friendly and non-violent learning environments, focusing on improving reading skills and learning outcomes among young children.
Breaking stigma and providing education for children with disabilities
In China, children with disabilities often face prejudices. Because of this, the children are hidden and restrained from being part of the society. Together with Save the Children, we’re trying to change these negative attitudes and making the schools more inclusive.
Improving access to basic education for vulnerable children in Romania
Many children in Romania never gain access to education. Poverty combined with the lack of literacy among parents hinder many children from ever going to school. The H&M Foundation and Save the Children have joined forces to make sure children have better access to adequate education.
Better education and a better future for children in Myanmar
Only 64% of children in Myanmar aged 5-17 years are attending school, leaving over one million children out of school. In addition, improving the quality of education is critical as it is still one of the causes for children to drop out from school. This project aimed to increase the quality of and access to education for marginalized and vulnerable children, aged 5-14 in Myanmar.
Holistic child development in slum areas in Dhaka
About half of all Bangladeshi children are living in poverty with no access to education, making it extremely difficult to reach their full potential. Within this project, our partner UNICEF was using a holistic approach including children, parents and whole communities to get children aged 4-18 years into school, and to prevent them from dropping out.