Striving for an education
Many countries have managed to get more children into school by putting an end school fees. But, there are still various problems making it impossible for many children to go to school.
A shortage of schoolhouses and trained teachers are just some of the problems that many governments face in providing an education for children in their country.
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Although many countries have managed to get more kids into school, many families still face problems as they try to get their children an education, such as having to pay for school uniforms and books. A lack of education also increases the likelihood that children won’t have access to clean water and sanitation, becoming more susceptible to malnutrition and sickness.
For many poor families it is hard to see the good of sending their children to school when they could be earning money for the family instead.
Many countries that have managed to get more kids into school now face the problem of not having enough teachers for the children. Some classrooms have as many as 80 students to one teacher.
Did you know that around the world 69 million children are currently out of school and more than 700 million cannot read? Teaching children to read is the first step to solving a number of critical health, social and development issues.
Questions about Education
- What are the main factors inhibiting education in some countries?
- How is education around the world different than education in Canada?
- Why are girls less able to go to school?
- What can we do to help?
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How to Take Action
Do you want to get involved either locally or internationally in this issue?
If so, check out the Explore column to the right. It contains NGO projects that you could support, as well as links to the showcases.
- Ainembabazi Children’s Project
- Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
- Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and
- Canadian Humanitarian
- CAUSE Canada
- Change for Children
- Doctors Without Borders
- Education Beyond Borders
- Ghost River Rediscovery
- Hands at Work in Africa
- John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
- Light Up The World
- Mennonite Central Committee Alberta
- One Child’s Village
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