Help Children Stay in School
Education is one of the most effective ways of helping
children emerge from poverty. However, attending and staying in school is a
considerable challenge for children living in the world's poorest countries,
where ChildFund works. Whether they lack the means to get to school or cannot
continue their studies due to the pressures of having to work to support their
family, millions of children around the world miss the opportunity to improve
their lives through learning.
A Global Commitment
that education is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty, and we are committed
to helping children enroll in and stay in school.
The need to expand
access to education has never been greater. Data from the UNESCO Institute for
Statistics indicates that despite the intervention of the United Nations and a
commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring that every
child attends school by 2015, more
than 57 million children worldwide will never have this chance. Much
progress was made in the early 2000s, with more children attending school around
the world between 2000 and 2005. However, in subsequent years, this positive
movement slowed considerably. Today, we still have a long way to go before we
can meet this goal.
A Serious Problem
Although some Asian
countries have made progress with higher school enrollment, many nations in
sub-Saharan Africa have stalled in this area. The number of children out of
school in this part of the world has remained at approximately 30 million for
the past five years, and some countries face an uphill struggle in lowering this
figure because of generational poverty. Families cannot afford uniforms and
educational supplies required for school, and
some children leave school to work and support their
Gender often plays a key role in a child's likelihood of
successfully completing school. In Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka, girls are
significantly less likely to attend school than boys because of cultural mores.
Although some of our programs, such as the Dream
Bike campaign in India and Sri Lanka, have allowed more girls to attend
school, there is much to be done.
Even children who are fortunate enough
to be able to go to school face great difficulties in completing their primary
education. In 2011, approximately 137 million children worldwide enrolled in
primary school, but at least 34 million dropped out before finishing the final
grade. This is equal to a dropout rate of one in four, the same level reported
in 2000. Some of our gifts enable children to stay in school and complete their
education, such as our scholarships
for Ethiopian girls.
disabilities face even greater hardships. According to UNICEF's "State
of the World's Children 2013" report, children with disabilities often
experience social and cultural exclusion. This is particularly prevalent among
girls with disabilities. Data from 13 low- and middle-income countries suggests
that children with disabilities between the ages of 6 and 17 are significantly
less likely to enroll in primary school than other children.
countries, such as Ethiopia, children with disabilities are more than twice as
likely not to attend school than their peers, and even developmentally typical
girls with a sibling with disabilities are often forced to assume the role of
caregiver instead of attending school. To help an Ethiopian child with
disabilities attend school, our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog allows
you to purchase
Helping Children Learn
ChildFund recognizes the
crucial role education plays in breaking the cycle of poverty, and there are
many ways you can help us provide opportunities to children in
of Love and Hope catalog has many gifts that benefit children who lack
access to education, such as our Learning for Life gift. Give children living in
the world's poorest countries the start they deserve by making a donation or sponsoring
a child. Your support will make a world of difference.