Education

The Needs

758 million adults, two-thirds of whom are women, remain illiterate*, while an estimated 57 million children of primary school age are being denied their right to education** due to disasters, disease, distance and poverty. Even for children who have a desire to learn, having to take long and dangerous journeys to school are a huge deterrent to attending school regularly or at all.

For those who do make it to school, the low quality of education means that they are not able to be nurtured to their fullest potential. This leads to high repetition and school drop-out rates.

*United Nations, 2016
**United Nations, 2013

Key Challenges

Inaccessibility of Schools

In order to reach the nearest school, children in rural areas walk as long as two hours under dangerous conditions such as mountainous terrain that gets slippery when it rains, or forests where they might get abducted.

Run-Down Infrastructure

Rural schools are often poorly maintained, which means that roofs leak when it rains, classrooms are dark and toilet conditions are unsanitary. There are also insufficient tables and chairs for students to use when writing.

Poor Quality of Education

Traditional teaching methods like rote learning are ineffective in delivering learning objectives and student engagement levels are low. Teachers in rural areas lack training in better pedagogy.

Economic Poverty

It is hard for poor families to prioritise education when they are struggling to meet their daily needs. Parents would rather have their children work to supplement family income, but this traps children in low wage and unskilled jobs in the future.

Gender Discrimination

53 percent of primary school age children who cannot go to school are girls. They are at a disadvantage as cultural norms often dictate that they should stay home and help with household chores.