“I get to go to school!” Children love school, at least at first. That’s where they make friends, play and begin to explore the world. Going to school is a hallmark of childhood.

In the United States, most of us don’t need to be convinced of the importance of learning to read, write, add, and subtract.

It’s very different in Central America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (a region called the “Global South”). In those places, the basic need to survive outweighs all other concerns — like education — and millions of children don’t go to school.