Education is a basic human right and a significant factor in the development of children, communities and countries. Opening classroom doors to all children will help break the intergenerational chains of poverty because education is intrinsically linked to all development goals, such as supporting gender empowerment, improving child health and maternal health, reducing hunger, fighting the spread of HIV and diseases of poverty, spurring economic growth, and building peace.
- Improved Health: With education, people are better prepared to prevent disease and to use health services effectively. Young people who have received an education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those with little or no schooling. Educated mothers have healthier children.
- Higher wages and economic growth: Additional schooling provides opportunities for higher wages. These earnings in turn can contribute to national economy.
- Democracy and political stability: Education supports the growth of civil society and democracy, allowing people to learn about their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them.
It’s easy to take education for granted here in the U.S., but many families and children around the world do not have the same access to basic schooling. Elementary school in Malawi is free, but high school is not. High school often becomes unaffordable for children whose parents are too sick to work or have died. In a country of 15 million people, there are one million orphans. Equitas is committed to investing in the future of these boys and girls.
Education is not a physical need to be met. It’s intangible. It’s priceless. It can lift a child out of poverty and dramatically improve his or her quality of life. For $300/year or just $25/month, you can send a vulnerable child to high school. This includes school fees, books, supplies, uniform and shoes.
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