In the year of 2011, 57 million primary-aged school children were not enrolled in school in developing countries. The number of secondary-aged school children was even more staggering. With these statistics, the Global Partnership for Education went to action for the organization saw a continuous trend throughout these developing countries.
When children are not given the opportunity to receive a proper education, their chances of a better life are extremely dismal. When children are not properly educated, they only become a factor in contributing to the cycles of global poverty. This is the key argument The Global Partnership for Education is making, an organization taking steps towards improving the lives of numerous children in developing countries. This organization is the only multilateral partnership which is completely devoted to helping these children receive an education and an equal opportunity.
Across the globe in countries such as Niger and Chad, there is a hindrance in a child’s education due to extreme poverty. Due to living in areas which are stricken by poverty, young girls are unable to obtain the proper education due to the cost. Young girls are then married off at a very young age due to economic reasons and security. Girls are not seen as individual human beings. They are seen as an economic burden and are only valued as a source of money or dowry through marriage, states Equality Now. Insecurity and poverty are contributing factors which lead the child’s parents to force their young daughters into marriage. Marriage is used as a survival tactic, for if the young girl is married, she is more likely to survive, Equality Now states. Though the parents may believe this is the best opportunity for their children, it is possibly the worst opportunity for them. By marrying them off at such a young age, not only do they lose an opportunity at gaining an education, but also face domestic violence, health issues, and continue the cycle of poverty. “Niger has the highest child marriage rate at 74.5%, where Chad follows close behind at 71.5%” states the P.A.P. Blog. With these horrifying statistics, it can prove that with child marriage rates being so high, their countries poverty level must be increasingly high as well. With statistics such as these, the Global Partnership for Education observed that matters would only get worse if they did not step in to help this cause.
This organization was established in the year of 2002, and throughout its expansion, has helped children in over 50 developing countries obtain a proper education. By investing in education and through coordinating the proper resources, the Global Partnership for Education has seen an inflating number of children returning to school. By offering children the opportunity of an education, the next generation will be comprised of well educated individuals who are helping to bring their country out of poverty with their knowledge.
The Global Partnership for Education has a strategic plan between the years of 2012 and 2015 in which they plan to complete five key objectives. These five objectives are to help conflicted states to develop an educational plan, to help young girls complete primary school and to continue their education in secondary school in a safe environment, to help dramatically improve children’s numeracy and literacy skills, to help teachers obtain a proper education and to enhance their effectiveness through training, and finally to continue funding and support of education to these developing countries.
Throughout the years, this organization has revealed how beneficial an education can be to one’s country. Investing in an individuals education is one of the most effective strategies for defeating global poverty, and has been noted for improving numerous other factors within a developing country as well. By investing in an education in developing countries, there are several positive outcomes. The Global Partnership for Education states that investing in an education “saves children’s lives, boosts economic growth, raises crop yields, fosters peace, promotes girls and women’s rights, increases income, makes people healthier, and most importantly reduces global poverty”.
The Global Partnership of Education explains that education has many positive aspects. An education can help an individual provide for themselves and their family, can help sustain economic growth, can help prevent the spread of disease such as HIV and AIDS, and can also help fight against graft and corruption. This organization has proven that the investment in an education is truly profound, and can make an enormous difference within developing countries.
Education is not only an influential role in every individual’s personal life, it also benefits society as a whole. If everyone in the world had an equal opportunity at an education, the world would no longer have to face the horrible issue of global poverty. Overall, as The Global Partnership for Education has explained, education is a critical factor in reducing global poverty and can enhance numerous individuals’ lives. It is one of the most influential decisions and investments a country can make for its people. Though many do not realize this, education goes far beyond arithmetic, writing, and reading. For beyond these three educational elements is the future of one’s country, the end to inequality, and the key to reducing global poverty.
– Grace Elizabeth Beal
Sources: Global Partnership