Access to elementary education is extremely difficult in the developing world, and for the few who can attend, the road to education ends early. In the past years, African nations have been showing more support for education as they increase funds for elementary programs. However, there is still much to be done to advance third-world education.
Investing in Third-World Education
Between the years 2000 and 2008, there has been a large increase in elementary school enrollment from 87 million to 129 million, according to UNESCO reports. Following this, the Sub-Saharan region gave five percent of its GDP to education in 2011. Besides this area in Africa trying to bolster attention towards education, most developing countries are unable to provide more funds to improve their education systems.
Statistics indicate that 776 million people worldwide who are over the age of 15 are illiterate and 98 percent of those people live in developing countries. This is a disheartening fact, but through the actions of several nations, as evidenced by sub-Saharan Africa, there will be progress.
Within the last decade in Africa, public spending on education has gradually increased to over 6 percent annually while other developing nations on average spend 4.4 percent or lower on education. This offers hope for the millions of children whose families are unable to afford their education.
Africa is slowly trying to better its primary schools, but over 32 million children remain out of school. Donor funding is needed to increase access to textbooks, teacher salaries and functional school buildings. Moreover, low education rates will disappear with monetary contributions for education. Proper schooling facilities, adequate teacher-student ratios and equal opportunities for education will lead to higher results in standardized tests and increased funding. A nation with people who are highly educated is directly related to the economic well being of that nation. If Africa and other nations are to continue to develop, there is no other choice but to drastically increase the budget allocated for third-world education.
– Maybelline Martez