Education can HELP CHILDREN RISE OUT OF POVERTY AND CHANGE THEIR LIVes


883 million people worldwide cannot read this sentence.

-United Nations Development Program, 2016

That means that approximately 1 in 10 children worldwide are illiterate...

...that is approximately 3 times the size of the population in the united states of america!

 


Education changed David's life. Read his story

Meet David

My name is David. Before I came to school I used to look after other people’s cattle. This is because our family had nothing to spend since my father was seventy years by then, therefore could not work to get money.

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I was the only boy and being the first-born I had to work for them to get money, to buy food, and take care of my younger siblings. I spent many years looking after people’s cattle.

One day a very young boy of my age completed his primary school education and when we were out there in the field he was telling me about the importance of going to school. I had the passion of going to school but my parents were not able to pay for my school fees. My father also never wanted me to go to school.

One day I decided to escape from my place of work and go to school without the knowledge of my parents because I knew they would object it. So I woke up very early in the morning and ran to the nearby primary school called Mpopong Primary School. There I was welcomed by the school deputy head teacher who demanded that my parents should report to school. I pleaded with him to leave me in school and not tell my parents and finally he accepted me and let me stay in school.

Since I was a big boy the teacher placed me in first grade rather than kindergarten. I had no uniform so I was wearing my only shirt and a long trouser, which I trimmed to become a pair of shorts. Initially, I had challenges catching up and my classmates used to ridicule me as a big boy learning with very young kids, but deep inside me I knew why I was there.

Right now I am in 6th grade and am doing very well. I aspire to become a doctor and help others whose parents are poor and for those who languish in abject poverty so they may see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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$1 Invested in Education is worth $10 in Economic Development

Source: The White House, The Economics of early childhood investment

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