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The PADAO project is an integrated, area-based development initiative undertaken by local stakeholders who seek to make positive child-centred improvements in family and community environments. It co-ordinates both appropriate information technologies for child learning with social mobilisation efforts to improve children's rights. Rather than focusing on pieces of the child-usually depending upon the sector concerned-this project treats the "whole" child in terms of securing his/her survival, development and protection needs, in the context of his/her family, school and community, and with his/her active participation in the development process. The project uses child learning as its initial entry point since:


It is more easily understood and embraced by the local people than the more abstract term of "child rights,"

It is a maximally integrative concept due to its direct relationship with key child survival, development, protection and participation issues, and

How well children are doing in school is everyone's concern.

Education gives children an opportunity to find their strengths and empowers them to pursue careers and to provide for themselves, as well as their future families.

RANN’s goal is to enable and support children and young people in their education. To bring children to education and to increase student retention.

RANN understands that education is critical for the development of society as a whole. By giving more children access to education, the benefits will inevitably filter through into the wider community. It means that more children live free from exploitation.