It could be said that people from affluent backgrounds maybe take the education that is afforded them for granted. But for some in the world, an education is something wholly unattainable. Every child should be entitled to an education but the world doesn’t work this way.
Unfortunately for many children around the world, an education remains a pipe dream. Approximately 72 million children of primary education age aren’t in school as reported by Humanium. It’s a staggering statistic in today’s world especially when you consider how technologically-advanced the world has become over the last decade.
There are many variables that influence these shocking statistics – poverty being an overriding cause. Developing countries especially in Africa fail to provide children with the fundamental educational tools that they need to develop many of life’s social and practical skills needed to transition into a successful career.
The Guardian recently highlighted that children in Africa are the least likely to receive an education due to the extreme poverty the continent suffers from. This financial deficit that many developing countries face is extremely detrimental, not only to the children and their development but the respective countries’ long-term development as well. This, in turn, has forced many children to rely on aid from charitable organizations to help fund their education.
Organizations such as Unakids help fund children’s education in war torn and poverty stricken regions. The non-profit organization was set up by the Unaoil Group in 2010, and thus far supports over 250 children providing funding for their education, as well as helping to fund new educational buildings and support single-parent families. The organization is aiming to provide educational funding for approximately 3000 children within the next 5 years. Initiatives such as this help children through university, or at the very least help them become semi-skilled in a profession in order for them to find full-time employment easy upon completion.
Although child-focused charities only help a majority of the children in search of education, the aspirations to build a foundation for longevity through the construction of schools will have a greater effect in the future. But this will only be effective if the respective governments follow suit and build schools to fit the demand.
While it’s far from ideal circumstances at present, humanitarian aid only goes so far, and it seems to be the overriding priority in areas such as Africa over the prospect of providing an education. And unfortunately, it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. People just have to be hopeful that the governments take heed of the great work that these charitable organizations are doing and support them to the best of their ability for their country’s to develop and focus more on the future as opposed to their short term goals.
Paul Gilbert: After graduating from art college in the early noughties, Paul decided to give in to the lure of travelling. After touring Southeast Asia and Africa for two years with his cousin Jeff, Paul eventually returned to Brighton where he now runs his own production company. On his days off, Paul enjoys writing for several online publications as well as attending church on a Sunday