Education is a fundamental human right that provides freedom and empowers individuals. Yet, approximately 57 million children are out of school worldwide.

Through Child Sponsorship we help children who are denied their right to education. We support local communities to access schooling. And campaign on a global level to make sure that education stays high up on the international agenda.


Our aim is to:

  1. Support communities to hold their government to account in providing quality education.
  2. Equip communities with the tools to demand and track a just, fair and effective allocation of resources.
  3. Empower women through literacy by using our Reflect Approach to social change.

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Get involved in Ireland!

For the last two years, every secondary school in Ireland has been invited to take part in the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition. The competition is open to all students aged 14 to 17.

The 2015/2016 winners Lauren Conway, Coláiste Éinde in Galway and Jane Oyenuga, Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny visited Malawi in August to see the Irish Aid Women’s Rights Programme. The programme focuses on ending violence against women and ensuring that women and girls break the cycle of poverty.


Watch the video from last year’s competition. We are currently taking entries for the third annual National Speech Writing Competition, with a first prize of a visit to Kenya to see ActionAid’s work first hand. Learn more.  

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