2 adults, 1 child, 1000 dreams

In Chad, children and their families stand together for education trying to break the cycle of school drop-out.

Chad is one of the most challenging place in the world to be a child. Around 50 per cent of children do not go to primary school and, for those in school, only one in four completes primary education. Girls are disproportionately affected, putting them at a life-long disadvantage. Yet, enrolment in primary education has continued to rise, particularly thanks to parents’ commitment.

UNICEF Chad/2017/Alliah

👦 Allamine Abdelaziz, 15 “If you have nothing in your head you won’t find anything to eat. My dream is to go to university abroad”

👩 Halime Adoudou, his grandmother, 55 “I went to school until 6th grade but then I got married. At that time, men were too jealous to let their wives go to school”

UNICEF Chad/2017/Alliah

👧 Fatimé Haroun, 11 “I started going to school very young and I liked it. Even if I was to marry young, I wish I could continue learning.”

👨Hassan Haroun, her father, 33 “Back in the days, we used to say that a girl had nothing to do in school. Now we know it’s wrong.”

UNICEF Chad/2017/Alliah

👧 Achta Issa, 14 “My father wanted me to go to school because he is convinced that an educated girl takes better care of her home.”

👩 Fatimé Hadoune, her mother, 28 “When I was little, I used to play truant as often as possible. I dropped-out of school and I still regret it.”

UNICEF Chad/2017/Alliah

👦 Issahka Ahmat, 17 “After my mother’s death, I dropped out for five years. My sister brought me back to school and I thank her for that.”

👩 Fatimé Beadoum, his sister, 26 “When Issahka was little, he always followed me to school so I enrolled him. Now my 4 brothers are going to school.”

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With its partners, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Educate A Child, UNICEF is supporting 290 primary schools through the distribution of over 1,800,000 textbooks to children. In addition, 1,324 classrooms have been built and equipped, helping close to 47,000 children who were previously out-of-school to study in better conditions.