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Education - Empowering children to learn

We strive to break barriers for education, and we believe that we need to think differently in order to increase access to and quality of education.

We focus particularly on children in need who live in rural poverty without access to a quality education - particularly girls and primary school-aged children

Why we are dedicated to children's education

We believe that all children should be empowered to learn and be able to create a better life for themselves. If all children in low income countries learned basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty. 

The problems we are facing

Although an increasing share of the world’s children go to school, UNICEF estimates that 263 million children and youth are out of school globally, including 61 million children that should have attended primary school.

Furthermore, due to lack of education quality as well as access, an estimated 9 out of 10 primary school-age children in low-income countries will not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. At global level the total figure is 617 million,  including more than 387 million children of primary school age (about 6 to 11 years old) and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age (about 12 to 14 years old).

Our ambition is to be a catalyst for global impact that will reduce the share of children with either no access to basic education or with no proficiency in reading and math despite of schooling

Our approach

We seek innovative solutions with opportunity for scale

An intelligent use of technology and other innovative solutions that can be taken to scale is necessary to solve the current learning crisis and enable more children to access quality education in an effective and cost-efficient way.

We build strong partnerships

We continuously pursue opportunities to form partnerships with organisations driven by dedication and innovation. We commit ourselves to the entire process from defining the critical issue to developing new models for reaching common goals.  

We motivate by inclusion

To reach the best possible impact we strive to activate and include all relevant resources - within our projects and beyond. Hoping to motivate and inspire others to break the barriers of education.

We evaluate and share knowledge 

To continuously enhance the impact of our philanthropic investments we give priority to systematic evaluation and sharing of our learnings.

Our work so far

Since 2010 the Hempel Foundation has reached more than 100,000 children through a wide variety of education projects around the world


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