Understanding Education Around The World
Many children's day-to-day reality is so desperate that securing what food, water, shelter crowds out any possibility of going to school. Their parents know that sending them to school would help them make a better life, but they don’t see a way to make it happen.
Some families can only afford to send one of their children to school. Others need all the kids’ help in the fields, tending fishing nets or hauling water. Many go without food themselves to save a little extra money for books, pencils, and paper.
Lack of education can keep a little boy or girl stuck in poverty for his or her entire life.
A 13-year-old from Nicaragua is using his education to get ahead with a little help from Feed the Children.Read more
By The Numbers: Education Around The World
215 million children under the age of 18 work, many of them full-time, to earn money to buy food for that day. Other children (mostly girls) have to walk for hours each day to fetch water and carry it back to their homes. (ILO)
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1 out of every 4 children in Sub-Saharan Africa is not enrolled in primary school. (All of the African countries in which we work are in Sub-Saharan Africa.) Of the children who start primary school, only 70% complete the 8th grade. When kids leave school this early, very few of them can read, write, add, and subtract. And in Uganda, less than half of all students (45%) complete primary school. (World Bank)
More than half of the world’s out-of-school girls live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Illiterate women are more likely to be abused, sold as slaves or forced to beg to survive. (World Bank)
Only 60% of El Salvador's secondary-school-aged children enroll in classes. (World Bank)
Help us feed children today and work with their families and communities so that they can feed themselves tomorrow.
One of the best ways is to sponsor a child. This commitment to a child is also a commitment to helping him and his family make a better life. Your sponsorship will provide food, healthcare, education and more to a child. It will help them escape poverty.