Imagine you couldn’t read or write. Imagine you knew nothing of the world that exists beyond your hometown. Imagine you had no idea how to prevent common illnesses that were devastating your community. Or worse yet, imagine you didn’t even know your basic human rights, let alone how to fight for them.
For the 57 million primary school-aged children who aren’t in school, there’s no need to imagine—this is their reality. These children are out of school for a number of reasons: some of them, girls especially, are needed at home to help take care of siblings and collect water for their family’s use, others are engaged in child labour; some live too far from the nearest school, while others can’t afford to pay for a uniform or the necessary school fees. Whatever the reason, without access to an education, these children remain voiceless and the cycle of poverty continues.
Education is the best way to empower children, especially girls, with the tools, knowledge, strength and confidence they need to promote and protect their own rights, growth and self- sufficiency. With education, children, families, communities and even nations can break the cycle of poverty.
Education provides the highest return of any social investment. Through our holistic and sustainable development model, Adopt a Village, Free The Children builds schools, school rooms and libraries, and provides communities with school furniture and basic school supplies. But our education pillar extends beyond building and furnishing schools. In all the countries we work in, we partner with the Ministry of Education to ensure our projects are maintained over the long-term, to create programming and initiatives to complement government-determined curriculum, and to commit to providing all students—boys and girls—with a quality education.
With the community’s high interest and support in the education of their children, Free The Children will construct school rooms and provide the infrastructure and supplies where children can learn and be inspired. Together, our projects and programs will create a holistic education model that empowers children to lead productive, successful and happy lives. When children are educated, entire communities attain the knowledge and tools to break the cycle of poverty, for themselves and for future generations.
Learn more about our partner organization @ www.freethechildren.com
Kutoa Classrooms: Education Lesson Plan (Français)
Kutoa for Families: Education Talking Points