“No other investment has such a lasting effect as the education of children. Educated children are healthier, more self-assured and can more easily assume a profession.”
Education Offers the Largest Impact on A Child’s Cognitive and Communication Skills Development
An Education can transform a child’s life
For most of Africa’s children, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. Across the continent, millions of children currently live on less than $1 US dollar a day. Only those who can read, write and have some mathematical ability can hope to get a better paid job when they are older. But attending school is important for more than just acquiring job skills. An education builds confidence in a child, cohesiveness, and creates a sense of community.
Educated children are less likely to become victims or perpetrators of violence and abuse. They are more likely to invest in improving their communities as they get older. And the residual effects of even a basic education quickly multiplies, as children who have benefited from schooling themselves strive to secure even better opportunities for their own families.
Fourteen years of devastating civil war in Liberia left its education system in ruins. Three quarters of its schools were destroyed, many qualified teachers emigrated and thousands of students were left on the streets with no hope for the future. With education gradually improving, the quality is not as high as it should be so many students are performing below grade level.