The cost of educating children far outweighs the cost of not educating them
Educating Children in Poor Countries
The majority of the world’s poor people live in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, the Pacific, and South Asia.
In many of these developing countries the governments lack the financial resources or the political will to meet their citizens’ educational needs.
Poor families do not send their children to school due to
- Lack of money for school fees, uniforms and books.
- Children are an necessary source of income for the family.
- Girls face a special challenge, (especially in Africa and South Asia), they are required to help their mothers in the subsistence agriculture, care for younger siblings, gather wood and walk for water. These responsibilities start as young as five or six years old, and are often incompatible with schooling because they keep girls busy for many hours every day.
Many children who do attend school receive an inadequate education because of poorly trained, underpaid teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and a lack of basic teaching tools such as textbooks, blackboards, and pens and paper.
Education transforms lives
As part of the Millennium Development Goals of 2004; universal primary education is mandated by 2015.
Children are entitled to a free, quality, basic education
Adults without basic skills encounter greater difficulty finding well-paying jobs and escaping poverty. It is of particular importance that girls receive an education, besides earning higher incomes their maternal and infant mortality rates are lower.
In Africa education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty where millions of children live on less than a dollar a day. Only those who can read, write and do arithmetic can hope to get a better paying job when they grow up.
Educated children are less likely to become victims of violence and abuse. They are more likely to invest in improving their community when they are grown. And the follow-on effects of even basic education quickly multiply, as children who have benefited from schooling themselves strive to secure even better opportunities for their own families.
Source: IMF Monetary Fund