Education frees the mind

Education frees minds

Educated children better understand their human rights equipping them to reject child marriage, criminality, begging, and child labour. They recognise the importance of maintaining good hygiene, personal grooming, and obtaining basic healthcare when sick. They realise the dangers of using dirty water, and defecating in the open.
Education creates aspiration

Education creates aspiration

Educated children dare to dream that they can be better, that their poverty doesn’t define them. They can become doctors or artists, engineers or writers – and dreaming about what to become is the first step in achieving the skills necessary to do so. Education is an enabler that gives children access to the world through the lens of aspiration.

Enabling economic opportunity

The transformative power that education has on the economic condition of a country and its citizens is profound. Take reading for example. If every student in low-income countries learnt how to read, 171 million people could lift themselves out of poverty. That’s equal to a 12% reduction in world poverty. Just from the ability to read alone.
Education enables economic opportunity

Barriers to universal education

 
There is a chronic shortage of school places due to the simple fact that classrooms are in short supply globally. In fact, the UN estimates that to enable universal primary education almost four million new classrooms are needed to accommodate all of the children who are currently not going to school for whatever reason.
Similarly, there are not enough teachers trained to teach in schools, either because the physical classrooms don’t exist or the training required to develop teaching professionals isn’t available. The global scale of the problem is enormous with the UN estimating the need for another two million teachers to provide enough places for every child currently not in school.
The school places that do exist are often in schools with no libraries or laboratories. The luckier pupils that do have access to textbooks often share well-worn pages with several of their classmates. Many will have never seen a computer much less know what it does. As a result the curriculum taught in such schools is severely limited and provides little to no benefit to its pupils.
The cost of school fees alone is prohibitive in the developing world. Combined with the cost of textbooks, schooling costs amount to more than half of the household budget. For families that live on less than $1.25 per day, paying for their children’s schooling is a decision between eating or not. For orphan children, school is a distant dream.
The quality of education generally available in the developing world particularly in rural parts is much lower. As a result children finish school ill prepared with the skills required to find employment or further educational opportunity. Poorly qualified teachers are to blame for this as is the lack of proper learning materials.