Why is education so important?
Education ensures people are better prepared to prevent disease and to use health services effectively. Educated mothers are better informed about healthcare and appropriate nutrition and therefore raise healthier children.
Education results in higher wages and economic growth, with each additional year of schooling seeing people earn 10% higher wages.
Education also supports the growth of civil society, democracy and political stability, allowing people to learn about their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them.
- 250 million children – many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds – are not learning even basic literacy and numeracy skills.
- 59 million primary school-age children are out of school.
- Educating girls and women in particular has unmatched transformative power.
- If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12 per cent cut in world poverty.
World Vision’s approach
World Vision’s education and life skills programmes are adapted to meet local needs. They can include early childhood learning, functional literacy, school based education or essential life skills.
We work with parents, teachers, community members and local partners to ensure that:
- Teachers know how to make learning effective and fun
- Parents are equipped to help their children learn in the home
- Community volunteers are trained to host after-school activities
- Whole communities get the opportunity to create learning materials for children that reflect their traditions, values and language
Parents and communities are engaged in the management of schools, and are equipped to advocate for improved education services
We believe that all children have the right to be educated for life.
- Children can read, write and use numeracy skills
- Children access and complete basic education
- Children make good judgements, can protect themselves, manage emotions and communicate ideas
- Adolescents are ready for economic opportunity
World Vision Ireland’s impact
Thanks to the generosity of the Irish public we were able to support the education of thousands of children in 2015. Here are a few examples of what was achieved in your name!
In Lunyo, Uganda we worked with the community to ensure that they knew their rights and were aware of the standards the government had set for every school. When the community saw that their schools did not go near meeting government standards they came together and lobbied for change. As a result of this, an additional 50 teachers were recruited increasing the total from 70 to 120 in 2015. This empowered community also ensured that a new teachers’ quarters was built, as well as additional latrine stances and 2 new classrooms.
97 orphans and vulnerable children who had dropped out of the education system in Mutonguni, Kenya have returned to school as a result of World Vision Ireand’s support. We also distributed solar lamps to 650 families in Mutonguni benefitting 1,625 children, allowing them to study at home at night, while providing smoke-free light for the whole family.
Impiri, Sierra Leone
In Impiri, Sierra Leone World Vision Ireland has supported the rehabilitation of 2 defunct wells at primary schools, which means that 800 pupils now have access to clean safe drinking water.
In South Sudan World Vision Ireland is providing improved education, psychosocial support and protection for 7,460 people, mostly children in the Upper Nile region. Our project is supporting very young girls and boys, aged 3-6, who have been severely affected by conflict. Through World Vision and supported buy Irish Aid, they are participating in educational and psychosocial activities in Early Childhood Development centres. We are also supporting children between the ages of 6 and 17 with basic education, life skills, numeracy and literacy.