Education offers some of the best policy options for tackling long-term poverty, and is the single best means of preventing the transmission of poverty from parents to their children. However, children from chronically poor backgrounds are typically the hardest to reach and teach.

CPAN’s work on education advocates a life-cycle approach; starting with early childhood development and continuing through to developing the skills which young people need to participate in the labour market on good terms. ‘Second chance’ schemes which ensure that children who have dropped out are able to return and complete their education are important. Cash transfers are one intervention that can help to reduce the drop-out rates of poorest children.

To read more about education and chronic poverty, download the Education Policy Guide: A guide to what works in policy and practice.

Download the accompanying Policy Brief here.

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