The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Why does Education Matter?
1. Education is powerful.
When children attend school their brains grow, their minds expand, and their eyes are opened. Education has the power to change the world, if we let it, by allowing every child to have access to learning.
2. Education is the first step to cross-cultural understanding.
Geography, history, social studies, these are all standard topics taught in schools across the world. The more we understand the world, the more information we have at our fingertips, the greater our opportunities to see what life is like for “the other”.
3. Education builds confidence.
When children learn to read and write, they become confident in their ability to succeed. Each question they answer correctly, solidifies their abilities and their confidence in themselves.
4. Education combats poverty.
With education comes opportunity, most importantly job opportunities. Higher education prepares children for a wider range of jobs and occupations, giving them the ability to change the cycle of poverty for their families.
5. Education promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Children are introduced to nutritional concepts at school, they are encouraged to be active, and they begin to understand the importance of wellness.
6. Education fosters decision making skills and critical thinking.
Children who attend school are taught about values, morals, and ways to solve problems. With the ability to make important decisions and consider all possibilities, children will no doubt be more successful in their personal and professional lives.
7. Education contributes to the development of interpersonal skills.
School is the first structured opportunity children have to bond with other children their own age, with rules and guidelines of how to properly act around and treat one another.
8. Education develops professional skills.
The more you learn, the more you earn. As we learn, we begin to innovate, initiate, and consider all the professional opportunities that lie before us.
9. Education builds character.
Attending school helps us learn who we are, what we believe in, and what role we play in the world. This sense of self is essential to personal growth.
10. Education can change our future.
Going to school does not only effect the future of children, it effects the future of their families, their friends, and their communities. As more children are educated, the world becomes a brighter place.