Why support education?

Children living in underdeveloped or rural areas are two times more likely to be out of school than children in urban cities. Without educational backgrounds, these children are less likely to find adequate jobs to support themselves. However, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by 10 percent. More than half of the people in our world live in poverty, and the best solution to ending poverty is the education of youth. Once educated, children can seek better jobs and strive for a brighter future.

The Importance of Education

Deficiency of education has a direct link to world poverty, hunger, and infection of diseases.

Humans have made much progress since our beginning - from being completely illiterate to developing around 1,000 languages, according to the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Education, undoubtedly, is central to development, as it empowers people and strengthens nations.

Getting an education is one of the best things we can do for ourselves to ensure that we lead fulfilling and prosperous lives. According to the World Bank, these are just a few of the countless benefits of being educated:

  • Education can significantly improve people's lives. It benefits people, society, and the world as a whole.
  • It enables people to read, learn, reason, communicate, and make informed choices about their lives.
  • A more educated person often has more opportunities in life, earns more, and has a higher standard of living.
  • Each year of schooling can increase a person's earnings by 10% to 20%.
  • Skilled workers enable a country to develop and become wealthier, which benefits everyone.
  • A skilled labour force creates, applies, and spreads new ideas technologies. Without education, inventions like electricity, medicine, cars, computers, video games, and much more wouldn't exist. And where would we be now?

Impact of Educational Resources

It's no longer news that many kids around the world can't attend school because they need to work to help their families survive - in fact, around 61 million primary school-age children worldwide aren't enrolled in school. More than 70 percent of out-of-school children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; of those who go to school, many drop out before they master basic reading, writing, and fundamental mathematical skills. In half of the developing countries, about a fifth of pupils don't reach the last grade of primary school. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 62 percent of students make it that far.

As many as 800 million adults in the world are illiterate since they did not have the opportunity to be educated as children.

Enrollment in tertiary education (university level) in developing countries was less than 20 percent in 2006, compared to 67 percent in developed countries. North America and Western Europe spend an average of $5,500 per student each year while countries in sub-Saharan Africa spend $167 per student. Evidently, the concept of even being able to go to school presents itself as a huge problem for many people. This is reason behind the foundation of the Accessible Education Association: to promote "open education" by donating the materials to people who do not have a chance to be enrolled at an educational institution.