EDUCATION

What prevents these children from getting an education

There are many factors contributing to the lack of education around the world including poverty, discrimination, the quality of the education on offer, or because children are too hungry to learn. War and conflict is the greatest barrier for children accessing education. 18% of the world's primary school-aged children live in conflict affected countries. Accounting for an estimated 42% of out-of-school children globally. Conflict can make it difficult for governments to provide schools and recruit and train teachers, both of which are vital for quality education. Other children can't go to school because the long-term benefits of going to school are outweighed by the immediate need to go to work or stay at home to help with chores, and feed the family. Today, 250 million children aged between five and 12 can't read, write or count. That's more than a third of the worlds' primary school-aged children. Discrimination continues to play a major part in the lack of education that girls receive all around the world. The right to education is universal, yet girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion within education systems in many countries. ¼ of girls between 15 and 24 have not attended primary school

What countries does this happen in?

This happens all around the world however some places are more affected than others. Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected area with over 32 million children of primary school age remaining uneducated. Central and Eastern Asia, as well as the Pacific, are also severely affected by this problem with more than 27 million uneducated children. Children from rural areas are more than twice as likely to be out of primary school than their urban peers. This means that countries with large rural areas have a higher amount of children that aren 't in school. In conflict zones, 27 million children are out of schools. So countries that are in conflict zones such as Syria and Afghanistan also have a higher rate of children that don't receive an education.

How does this affect them?

Education is the route out of poverty for many children. It gives them a chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve their lives. But millions of children never see the inside of a classroom. Education transforms children’s lives by helping them overcome poverty. This leads to better health and increased income opportunities. Without it, many children remain trapped in a life of poverty and hardship. A child born poor who gets a decent education has far more chance of leaving their circumstances behind. They can get better jobs, lead richer lives and fulfil their potential. If all students left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. Education can even save lives: educated mothers are better informed about specific diseases, so they can take measures to prevent them. If all women completed primary education, then UNESCO estimates that 189,000 women’s lives would be saved every year and that under-five deaths would fall by 15%. Literacy is about more than being able to read: it’s a world-changing, life-enhancing, life-saving skill. Education can also empower women to overcome gender discrimination so that they can make more informed choices about their lives. Empowerment benefits women and their children, contributing to a more just and inclusive society.