LITTLE DO MOST OF US KNOW about the massive impact that education can have on poverty reduction. As there are currently one billion children and two billion adults living in poverty, we invite you to participate in the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by looking at the role education can play in ensuring a future free of poverty.
When the Sustainable Development Goals were officially launched in 2015, the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 was named the first SDG; it was placed at the forefront of the international community’s efforts towards building a better future for the people of the world. We should not underestimate how linked the goals of ending global poverty and of universal access to quality education are. Did you know that if students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills, no less than 171 million people could be lifted out a poverty as a result?
Education greatly contributes to reducing poverty
UNESCO has also found that an additional 420 million people could be lifted out of poverty with a secondary education. This would reduce the current number of poor worldwide by a third. The improvement of education systems in developing countries, especially in regard to performance, innovation and inclusion, with solid financing, would further reduce absolute poverty by 30%.
Education also contributes to poverty reduction by its sizeable impact on the income of educated people. Indeed, did you know that one extra year of schooling could increase an individual’s earnings by up to 10%? This is a very significant increase, with the potential to change the life of a whole family, especially in low- and middle-income countries. There is a huge ‘return on investment in education’: for each dollar invested in an additional year of schooling, earnings increase by five dollars in low-income countries, and two and a half dollars in lower-middle income countries.
Little do we know…
In 2017, Aide et Action International provided education to 1.5 million children and 700,000 adults in 19 countries. These individuals will have much greater chances of escaping poverty, and of climbing the social ladder, than their uneducated counterparts. And many are still waiting… Did you know that 262 million children and youth were out of school in 2017, including a majority of girls? That one in four young people in low and lower-middle income countries was illiterate? And that if we don’t act now, four out of ten out-of-school children will never enter a classroom? So much more can be done for them…
Education is the most powerful way to change in this world!
Help us ensure that every child, every youth and every adult get access to quality education. By supporting us, you will not only change lives and uphold fundamental human rights, you will also contribute in a very crucial way to the eradication of poverty in the world, one of the greatest human goals.
Happy International Day for the Eradication of Poverty! Please support us today!