A Lack of a Proper Education

Why is it Still Happening?

It’s fair to say that education is a basic human right, period, no matter what kind of background one comes from. Education is a key tool for a huge range of global developments, and one that many of us would assume is getting easier to access for more and more people worldwide. However, statistics are still at an all time high for those who are victim to receiving poor, or even worse, no education at all. We live in an age where we are encouraged to pursue our dreams, reach for the stars, and thrive at any given chance. Yet for some across the globe, they can’t even read a simple sentence. How can this be happening in the world today? Why is it still happening today? More importantly, what can we do to solve this issue? There is no speedy solution. The problem is so vast and varied across each culture that to fix this problem quickly and easily would be nothing short of a miracle (although, we can dream). However, by creating awareness and gradually making changes, we can begin to take the steps towards making a difference.

students studying in Uganda

We’re Desensitized

One of the sad facts of the matter is that many of us are desensitized to images and articles we see on a day-to-day basis. Television advertisements and social media can be a curse as well as blessing: it gets the word out there, but after we’ve seen countless campaigns, we often want to switch off from it all because it’s either too heart wrenching, or worse, it doesn’t have an impact any more.

Lack of Teachers

The implications of poor teachers is a truly vicious cycle, however, the demands of providing a better education needs a lot of funding, and in some countries, this money just is not there. What happens to the money you give to charity then? This is covered below.

Students checking the books donated to them

Funding

Funding for education is a huge problem. This may come as a surprise to some people with the presence of numerous charities aimed at education across the globe which been in existence for decades, but the problem is not decreasing. However, in any situation, money is never straightforward. Corruption, along with other factors, means that money and funding for education across a multitude of countries is, put simply, a quick fix. Long lasting solutions need to be created through awareness and, coincidentally, through educating people on the real issues at hand.

Discrimination

Sadly, there are still a substantial amount of countries that will not provide an individual with an education based on their sex, values, ideologies, disabilities, and so forth. Of course, this is often something that is so ingrained into the history and culture, that tackling this issue is arguably one of the most difficult obstacles. While not everyone agrees upon education in all aspects of how it should be implemented, it would also be wrong for us to simply barge in and say that another system is wrong. In these situations, slow and steady progress towards education for all is best. How to achieve this slow and steady progress is, again, another issue we need to overcome. However, by setting examples of the amazing outcomes of fair and widespread education, we’re progressing towards change.

a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching a lesson at Hope

What Else Can We Do?

If you want to make a big change to education across the globe, start small. We’d all love to change the world and make it easily enjoyed by all, however, in reality, we just can’t do everything, especially not all at once. What seems like a small gesture to you, could mean the world to someone else out there. Here are some ideas below:

  • Check local community boards for partnered schools – many organizations and institutes (such as schools, businesses and churches) partner with one particular school in a less economically developed country. This is a fantastic way to really see the progress of the school and its students. Plus, you know exactly where your aid is going direclty.
  • Spread the word – nothing beats awareness like the word of mouth! Show your friends and family your passion for fair and proper education across the globe. Better yet, talk about new ideas on what we can all do to help!
  • Contact charities and ask them exactly what they do and how they spend your donations. Ask about their latest projects around education and ask them how you can actively participate.

It’s so sad to think that this is still a massive issue in 2018, however, if we all work together, the future will be brighter.

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What do you think? How can we prevent children and adults from not receiving the education they deserve?

 

 

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