Education is a fundamental tool in the reduction of global poverty. At the Ashmore Foundation we believe that empowering marginalised communities through access to decent quality, relevant education, equips people with the fundamental building blocks through which they can improve their own lives.
Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names (Unicef, 1999). 1 billion children (every second child) is living in a situation of poverty. About 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005, of which 57 per cent of them were girls (MDG, 2007). The exclusion of girls from school in developing countries has a negative ripple effect, with clear evidence that the education of girls is key to the positive health and nutrition of populations, to poverty reduction and to overall improvements in standards of living.
The Ashmore Foundation makes grants to organisations working to
- Bring children and young people who are marginalised from mainstream education into regular education
- Improve educational attainment of children and young people through higher quality or more relevant models or learning
- Improve the quality of life and job prospects of young people and marginalised community members through functional education and skills training which prepare them for real life