The education reform debate in the US focuses on testing, achievement measurements, teacher evaluations and data driven discussions that often miss the one major point – our education “problem” is a class and equality problem. If we dig down deeper into the causes and obstacles facing many of our students poverty is more often than not the deciding factor in whether or not a child will succeed in school. But, imagine if you had to dig down even deeper than that – to the point where not even having a school or access to education was the issue – and then you start to understand the challenges facing developing nations in Africa. How can you possibly tackle the greater issue of poverty without taking on the issue of education?
According to ONE, The Advocacy Non-Profit founded by Bono and his wife, education not only provides children and families with a pathway out of poverty, but it can also yield even bigger returns for the world’s poorest countries through its impact on areas such as health and the economy. Educated mothers, for example, are more likely to have smaller families, and have their children immunized and send them to school. Education can also provide families and countries with more economic opportunities and help promote the civic participation that is critical to building democracies.
Less than 1 percent of the US budget goes towards foreign aid. But look at this infographic, which shows the effect that small amount of money has on an area like education according to the US Aid website:
What ONE small thing can you do today to make change happen? Watch the video below by ONE member Katie Meyler, about a young African girl named Abigail. It’s a story about how education is the most powerful change agent there is. Abigail is now in school and at the top of her class because of More Than Me. The video was produced by the What Took You So Long foundation.
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