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Education builds futures


«The mightiest weapon
is a pencil!»

- Zakariya Abdou,  former Strømme Foundation's Regional Director in West-Afrika


Strømme Foundation believes education is key to sustainable development. Enjoying quality education is a fundamental human right, and an aim in itself. Moreover, education furthers the realisation of all other human rights and is thus a foundation and key driving force for development.
Because of the knowledge, skills and self-confidence acquired through quality education, individuals and communities can develop. Education helps bring forward improved economic wellbeing and socio-cultural development, and the creation of free, critical and creative global citizens.
For these reasons Strømme Foundation, as an organisation with a rights-based approach to development and the vision of a world free from poverty, takes great pride in our work to ensure quality education for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
In line with UNESCO, we understand education as a process that enables people “to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions”.
We have a holistic view of education. We believe the right to education is life long and begins from birth. We also believe that an integrated approach, where education is combined with our other work, such as enhancing access to sustainable income sources, will often be more effective than an isolated education strategy alone.
Our international engagement in education contributes to achieving the globally agreed education goals for 2015 and beyond. While our education indicators are tailor-made for SF, they complement and communicate the Education for All (EFA) indicators and targets, and those of the relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


Education against poverty

Strømme Foundation's goal is to ensure quality education for disadvantaged group through formal and non formal quality education.

The outcome:

  • Increased enrolment of girls and boys in formal schools
  • Improved attendance and completion rates of individuals continuing formal education
  • Improved learning environment
  • Increased government responsibility for quality of, and access to, education
  • Increased enrolment in secondary school
  • Increased literacy rate
  • Reduced early marriage, use of bride price and/or gender-based violence in SF-supported communities
  • Increased awareness of rights, and the capacity to claim these rights, among participating adolescent girls and boys
  • Increased government responsibility for the rights of disadvantaged groups
  • Increased socio-economic self-reliance for participants
En liten jente synger og holder hendene på hodet. Fra Bangladesh
Skoleklasse, Bangladesh.

Why is education important?

An education provide people with a foundation to make a change in their own lives.

Education provides:

  1. A foundation for a steady economic growth.
  2. Knowledge that can improve people's health and social conditions.
  3. A change of attitude and increased confidence.
  4. Improved solidarity in local communities.