Education is at the heart of CRS’ mission. We support communities, local partners and governments in their efforts to ensure that all children–including the most vulnerable and marginalized—have the right to a quality education. Recognizing that education can be a force for either inclusion and acceptance or exclusion and conflict, CRS engages a wide variety of people to ensure that schools play a positive role in building a culture of peace.
Our education projects encompass a range of activities, including early childhood development, school feeding programs, and primary, secondary, and higher education in both formal and non-formal settings. CRS is able to have a broad and deep reach through its national and local networks of Catholic organizations and schools, as well as through public and private entities.
US Department of Agriculture
Through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition and Food for Progress Programs, Catholic Relief Services leads effective education and agricultural development projects to build strong, resilient futures among the world’s most vulnerable people. Together, through school feeding, quality education, and improved livelihoods of smallholder farming families, USDA and CRS are committed to building opportunities and ending hunger among those we serve.
Access and EquityCRS focuses on education for the most vulnerable and marginalized children. Learn about our work in Access and Equity ›
QualityCRS aims to improve the quality of education. Learn about our work in Quality ›
Community EngagementWe focus on supporting parents as well as community- and school-based structures Learn about our work in Community Engagement ›
Education for a Culture of PeaceEducation can be a force for inclusion and peace. Learn about our work in Education for a Culture of Peace ›
CRS and its partners promote and support access to quality basic education for all. The agency stands in solidarity with the most marginalized populations and works to make effective individual, structural, and systematic changes. Our programs span the globe and widen the scope of what is thought to be possible. We improve access and deliver basic literacy and life skills, through both formal and non-formal education systems. We provide opportunity and support to those we serve in order to ensure the best results possible.
Capacity at a Glance:
Experience: More than 65 years of educational programming
Staffing: 100+ employees**
Investing: $73.8 million for education in fiscal year 2016
Impact/By the Numbers: Provided educational support to more than 5 million beneficiaries through 76 projects in 38 countries.
Fun Fact: CRS began supporting school feeding in many countries in West Africa in the 1940s.
Program Stories & News
Uncovering Abilities and Expanding Worlds
A CRS-supported program in Vietnam provides home-based education to children with disabilities.Read more
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