A life without education is a life without opportunity. World Vision helps children especially the most vulnerable, access quality education and attain functional levels of literacy, numeracy, and essential life skills. When children can read, they can better advocate for their rights and help provide for their families.
Why is education so important?
Education ensures people are better prepared to prevent disease and to use health services effectively. Educated mothers are better informed about healthcare and appropriate nutrition and therefore raise healthier children.
Education results in higher wages and economic growth, with each additional year of schooling seeing people earn 10% higher wages.
Education also supports the growth of civil society, democracy and political stability, allowing people to learn about their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them.
- 250 million children – many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds – are not learning even basic literacy and numeracy skills.
- 59 million primary school-age children are out of school.
- Educating girls and women in particular has unmatched transformative power.
- If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 per cent cut in world poverty.