Individuals born into poverty may be able to escape poverty through education. In a keynote address at The International Summit of Colleges, Universities, and Ministers of Education, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa stated, “There is no faster way to get people out of poverty … than through equipping them with the requisite education and skill-sets to have a meaningful future.”
Research suggests that impoverished children who do well in school may improve their socioeconomic status, and thereby, these children overcome the many obstacles that poverty presents.
With these facts about the potential of education to reduce poverty, it is no wonder that the United Nations (UN) includes education among its sustainable goals. In particular, the UN focuses on helping all children have access to free elementary and secondary schooling.
What Can You Do?
Promoting education is important. At a minimum, everyone needs to vote about educational issues. Inform yourself about the topic before voting, so you can give children the best future.
For those interested in advocacy, there are several associations and nonprofits across the world that engage in education advocacy. These organizations are good research tools and accept volunteers.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): this group advocates for quality education for young children. They believe quality education enables young children reach their full potential.
- Education Post: this platform allows education advocates to lobby for improvement in education. If you are interested in writing as a form of advocacy, you can submit an article for review.
- Education Reimagined: this organization promotes learner-centered education. By focusing on the learner, they believe a better quality and more equitable education is possible.
- Center for Education Reform (CER): advocate for education reform in the US.
- American Council on Education (ACE): partners with higher education institutions for policy change that affects higher education.
Call to Action
If you are a proponent for education, KindCause supports you. KindCause helps nonprofits promote causes such as education. Contact us to see how we can help enhance your cause.