Teachers burn out or may be unqualified to teach certain subjects.
All of these challenges create a serious disadvantage for children growing up in poor households.
Approximately 39,000 under-aged girls marry each year, some as young as 8 or 9.
Community-wide education helps everyone understand the harm of this practice.
Other examples abound, including emergency notices about the Zika virus, Ebola or HIV. The spread of disease in developing countries is often exacerbated by a lack of public knowledge about how it is transmitted.
In 20, youth groups in West Africa helped spread the word about prevention of the Ebola virus, particularly the need to avoid traditional burial practices that spread the deadly disease.Especially when local, trusted voices convey this lifesaving information, communities are receptive to learning.Even in non-emergency situations, education about the spread of disease is important.Families also learn what nutrients their children need for healthy development, as well as foods pregnant women need to eat to promote their babies’ growth.Literacy is key to good health because women need to be able to read about prenatal vitamins and other health information during their pregnancies.Many times, we learn by listening to communities about their specific needs and working to fulfill them.For example, Child Fund India started a literacy campaign in regions where few households had any books, and because most homes didn’t have electrical power, Child Fund India distributed nearly 40,000 solar-powered lamps so children could read at night time.The relationship between poverty and education is complex, but we know that education helps people make healthier and smarter decisions about their children, their livelihoods and the way they live.Education also has a significant role in the fight for children’s rights, both in teaching children what they can and should expect from adults, and in showing adults the benefits of respecting their children’s rights.Some countries’ governments also spend a lower share of their gross domestic product (GDP) on education, which makes public education less available (particularly to the poor) and of lower quality.Overcrowded classrooms, broken desks, no computers — all are common sights in school districts with budgets that don’t meet students’ needs.