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In a world of so much need, why does Global Care focus on education?

What about hunger? Dirty water or inadequate sanitation? What about children dying from preventable diseases, and communities without health care? Haven’t we got life and death issues to worry about – why worry about education?

These are all huge needs, and we need to meet them where we can. But if we want to bring about permanent change for children, we can’t afford to ignore education.

Education can break the poverty cycle

All the evidence shows that education can break the poverty cycle, in one generation. Not just for one generation, but for generations to come. So providing education doesn’t just help one child, but a whole family, now and into the future. If enough children in a community benefit from a quality education, the whole community can move forward together into a safer, more prosperous future.

That’s what Nelson Mandela meant when he said: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

The argument for girls’ education is even more persuasive: Educated girls marry later, when they are better able to bear and care for their children. They have fewer and healthier babies, who are less likely to die before their fifth birthday, and more likely themselves to attend school. They earn higher incomes and participate more in political processes and community activities, creating healthier and more equal societies.

As the World Bank says: “Girls’ education is a strategic development priority.”Citation

So how does Global Care help children access education?

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of need! But our motto has always been ‘Can’t do everything, mustn’t do nothing, can do something’ – so Global Care is out there, ‘doing something‘ to support education in India, Zambia, Myanmar, Uganda, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Can you partner with us?

Our education initiatives in India and Sri Lanka provide informal education and homework support to children from slum communities. We support education in Bangladesh in the same way, but for children in deprived rural villages, and in Syria, where we support traumatised children who have spent their whole lives in a war zone.

Our education support in Zambia is completely different. Here we built permanent classrooms at a community-led school in a disadvantaged rural area, replacing leaky thatched shelters. We’ve also built classrooms to support education in rural Uganda and Ethiopia.

Our work in education in Myanmar is different again. We help community-run village schools in an impoverished district, by providing cash or rice for teachers. Parents struggle to feed their families, let alone pay teachers, who themselves need to farm to eat. This assistance keeps schools open, and keeps education in forgotten corners of Myanmar alive.

We support education in South Sudan by training teachers. In South Sudan, education is in such disarray we went right back to basics – teachers able to speak the language of instruction (English). There is no point in building classrooms if there are no teachers to instruct the children!

Finally, through child sponsorship, hundreds of UK donors help children flourish in their education in India, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Guatemala. It’s targeted support, over the long term, meeting the education and welfare needs of a specific child, and helping them thrive.

We focus on education because education brings the best hope of permanent change. Will you join us?