171 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty if all children left school with basic reading skills. This is equivalent to 12% of the world’s population.
Absolute poverty could be reduced by 30% through the education improvements identified by the Education Commission. (Source: GPE blog post)
This is why our NGO is very committed to the education sector because we strongly believe that with the right knowledge, we can curb the poverty metrics that plague rural populations.
When members of a community have basic knowledge, they are better able to care for themselves and their environment, thus reducing mortality rates.
By educating its youth, a community has the advantage of gaining new knowledge about how to create better systems for itself that will improve its social standing.
Once a school is established in a rural area, other important sectors find their way into the area. If there is a community school, a health center will follow, clean and hygienic waste disposal systems will automatically be established, there will be higher incomes, and life will become so much easier for the members.
When children from extremely poor backgrounds achieve the same level of education, it means they can work for the same wages and at the same level as their urban counterparts.
Given the technological advances and innovation in the world, we believe it is important to invest in human capital and ensure that every child has the opportunity to move up and take advantage of the benefits that education brings.
Statistics and social evidence show that education is the way out of poverty and mediocrity, and we will continue to work to increase the educational advantage in the world.