Knowledge gives children the power to dream of a better future and the confidence needed to pursue a full education, which in turn will help generations to come.
The relationship between poverty and education is complex, but we know that education helps people make healthier and smarter decisions about their children, their livelihoods and the way they live.
Education also has a significant role in the fight for children’s rights, both in teaching children what they can and should expect from adults, and in showing adults the benefits of respecting their children’s rights.
Especially when local, trusted voices convey this lifesaving information, communities are receptive to learning.
Even in non-emergency situations, education about the spread of disease is important.
Early marriage and pregnancy cut educations short and often lead to underweight, undernourished children, as well as domestic violence.
When girls stay in school longer, they are less likely to marry before age 18 and have children early, and they’re more likely to find rewarding work after leaving school.The importance of education in developing countries cannot be overstated.Education can be the catalyst needed to pull families and communities out of the cycle of poverty.Some countries’ governments also spend a lower share of their gross domestic product (GDP) on education, which makes public education less available (particularly to the poor) and of lower quality.Overcrowded classrooms, broken desks, no computers — all are common sights in school districts with budgets that don’t meet students’ needs.The effects of poverty on children are wide-reaching and can lead to lifelong struggles, especially when young people don’t receive full educations.Poverty and education are inextricably linked, because people living in poverty may stop going to school so they can work, which leaves them without literacy and numeracy skills they need to further their careers.Other examples abound, including emergency notices about the Zika virus, Ebola or HIV. The spread of disease in developing countries is often exacerbated by a lack of public knowledge about how it is transmitted.In 20, youth groups in West Africa helped spread the word about prevention of the Ebola virus, particularly the need to avoid traditional burial practices that spread the deadly disease.Families also learn what nutrients their children need for healthy development, as well as foods pregnant women need to eat to promote their babies’ growth.Literacy is key to good health because women need to be able to read about prenatal vitamins and other health information during their pregnancies.