This Autumn the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers are working in partnership with War Child on the campaign ‘Learn to Live’ which is aiming to raise awareness of the importance of education and mental health provisions for children affected by conflict.


‘Learn to Live’ is twinning schools in London with children in war zones across the world, to promote empathy, understanding and support, so students can learn, share and advocate for change together. The papers are encouraging schools in the UK to forge bonds across geographical and cultural divides and learn from each other.


War Child works with children in war zones and is raising awareness of the need for mental health provision for children to be able to live and learn for a better future. Good psychosocial wellbeing leads to better outcomes for individual children, increasing their resilience and ability to cope with instability and future adversity.


“It is a shocking fact that one in six children live in war zones. This autumn, the Evening Standard and the Independent will work with War Child to support children affected by conflict worldwide.

We will work to ensure access to meaningful education and mental health services. Together, we will show these children that they have not been forgotten.” - Evgeny Lebedev, Owner of the Evening Standard and the Independent.

“War Child is extremely grateful for the support of the Evening Standard and Independent for this important campaign. To have the opportunity to educate Londoners and the rest of the UK about children in war zones and the crucial work we do every day is amazing.


“Children’s rights and voices are at the heart of our mission and we think that working with school children and giving them the chance to learn from each other is a brilliant way for children’s voices – so often absent from the news – to be heard and shared.” Rob Williams OBE, War Child UK CEO


The campaign will culminate in three nights of exclusive live music concerts at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to highlight the campaign’s key messages, raise money and celebrate greater awareness.