Education is arguably the most effective long-term solution to poverty. Without a decent education, the disadvantaged are seldom able to attain the knowledge and skillsets necessary to move beyond subsistence living to generate savings.
Of the 123 million youth who lack basic literacy skills, the overwhelming majority are women, rural dwellers and the working poor (UN MDG Report, 2013). Furthermore, it is predicted that one in four children who begin a primary education will not finish their final grade.
Some of the biggest barriers to quality education are:
- Lack of teaching resources
- Teacher absenteeism
- Inadequate teacher training and qualifications
- Insufficient public funding for wages
- Overcrowded classrooms
- Child labour and an obligation to contribute to household income/ domestic duties
- Illness/ morbidity
Education is directly linked to improved gender equality, economic prosperity and health outcomes. It is the building block of community development and the stepping-stone towards flourishing careers.