The pathway out of poverty!

In many remote areas of the developing world the kids who would benefit the most from an education don’t have access to schools, or teachers, or books. But education is much more than simply having the opportunity to attend school, for many of the world’s poorest children it is the only chance they have to acquire the basic skills needed to find off-farm work, earn a living, and forever break the cycle of poverty. Behind every one of the following statistics, there is a young person who doesn’t have a chance to fulfill their potential.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which
you can use to change the world.”

–Nelson Mandela

A Few facts

  • UNESCO reports that 100 million children of primary school age (15 percent of the worldwide total) are not in school.
  • Half of the world’s out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Children are often forced to leave school due to the need to earn money to support their families.
  • In many poor communities, fees for tuition, textbooks, uniforms and supplies force children to drop out of school.
  • Poor parents need their girls’ labor for extra income or to do chores like collecting water, firewood, or caring for younger children.
  • Of the 796 million illiterate people in the world today, over 2/3 of them are women.
  • Increased female education accounts for over 40% in the decline of malnutrition achieved since 1970.
  • 110 million children (60% girls) between ages of 6 and 11 will not attend school.
  • 150 million children between ages 6 and 11 will drop out of school before completing primary school.
  • Many developing countries still charge per-child school fees.
  • In 2010, 47% of children out of school were likely never to enroll.
  • Children in many of the world’s poorest countries can spend several years in school without learning to read a word.
  • Nearly 75% of children who attend a government primary school in Tanzania don’t go on to secondary school.
  • Only 11% of Maasai girls in Kenya finish primary school.

Learn More

In 2000 the World Education Forum in Dakar committed 164 nations to achieving free universal basic education by 2015. Since 1999, the number of children enrolled in pre-school has risen by almost half. However, this still leaves more than one in two children not attending, rising to five out of six in the poorest countries. While a tremendous amount has been done there is still a lot to do.

UNESCO 2012 Education For All Global Monitoring Report

The Center for Global Development Report

Education and the Developing World

Council on Foreign Relations Report

World Bank Education Strategy 2020

Dakar Framework for Action

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