HELP A YOUNG PERSON BREAK FREE
Like a tree, poverty has many roots. But among the many causes of global poverty, one factor that stands out is education. Not every person without an education is living in extreme poverty. But most of those living in extreme poverty do lack basic education. Those living below the poverty line will also be more likely to keep their children out of school, which means that their children will also have a greater chance of living in poverty. Education is often referred to as the great equalizer: It can open the door to jobs, resources, and skills that a family needs to not just survive, but thrive.
Let’s look at 3 ways education is the secret ingredient to ending extreme poverty. According to UNESCO, if all students in low-income countries had just basic reading skills (nothing else), an estimated 171 million people could escape extreme poverty. If all adults completed secondary education, we could cut the global poverty rate by more than half.
3 WAYS EDUCATION AFFECTS POVERTY
- Education develops skills and abilities.
- Education decreases risk and vulnerability.
- Every child in school. Every child is learning.
EDUCATION DEVELOPS SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A quality education system supports a child’s developing social, emotional, cognitive and communication skills. Education programs also support the development of knowledge and abilities (i.e., human assets). Children who receive quality primary education are more likely to develop these assets at a higher level. They can then use these abilities and skills to earn higher incomes or further develop other basic assets.
Education Fights Inequality
Before giving people more opportunities to participate in society, we need to address some specific obstacles to participation. Often the most vulnerable people are not recognized as equals in their community. As a result, they lack representation, power, and status. But, at an individual level, education is a basic human right for all. TSF is developing a community-based education program so students in rural areas can attend classes closer to home.
EDUCATION DECREASES RISK AND VULNERABILITY
In many of the countries where we work, the lives and livelihoods of the extremely poor are often tethered to conflict, epidemics, and natural disasters. These can act as “force multipliers,” or elements that increase the likelihood that poverty will continue in the poorest countries. But knowledge, as the old saying goes, is power. Besides reducing inequality, education can safeguard against vulnerability and risk. This also reduces inequality.
Invest in Impact
One of the biggest inequalities that perpetuate the cycle of poverty is gender. When gender inequality in the classroom is addressed, this has a ripple effect on the way women are treated in their communities. When girls are welcomed into the classroom, they can build skills, gain knowledge, and socially grow during their formative years. This establishes a foundation for lifelong learning.
There is no good reason to exclude anyone from education. The chance of an education is the chance for a better life for individuals, communities and countries. Our focus is on improving education so that students are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge, rather than merely learn facts and figures by rote. Some agencies help children get to school by sponsoring individuals, or by providing physical structures, but we are more concerned about the quality of education, wanting all children and adults to be allowed to learn something useful and empowering. This education style would enable students to analyse problems for themselves and take up new opportunities.
Innovation and Testing
In the face of extreme poverty, we have no option but to be innovative in how we deliver education. One of the strengths of TSF’s approach to development is that we use locally sustainable and strategic methods that are appropriate to the context, and do not require a big investment or an expensive infrastructure. Where we have demonstrated that our initiatives have been a success, we have found other agencies willing to find the technical and financial resources to scale up or continue programmes over the long term.
EVERY CHILD IN SCHOOL. EVERY CHILD IS LEARNING.
From rural areas that have never had a school, to classrooms that have been destroyed because of disaster or conflict, millions of children are unable to go to school across the world today simply because there are no schools for them to go to. For children who are in school, many schools are not good enough quality with hundreds of students per classroom, a lack of toilets, sanitary facilities, capable teachers or adequate learning materials. Parental and community attitudes can often also hold back children's education, especially for girls from late primary-school age and upwards, stopping them from going to school or making them earn a living for the family instead of getting an education.
We believe in the power of education to help end poverty. We work to give children the education they need and fight the inequalities that stand in their way. We partner with remote and rural communities where children are leaving school without vital basic skills. Our unique approach then helps parents and teachers to create sustainable, effective schools and to nurture their children's learning. We ensure vulnerable children get the right infrastructure, teaching and family support so they can get the most from their time at school and go on to lead productive, healthy and happy lives. You can help us to make a difference in the lives of children living in poverty now.
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