Everyone agrees that all children have the right to an education.
But what makes it “right”? How does educating children in Haiti, or any developing country, help on a global level? Why is educating the world the smart thing to do? Because education gives people the skills they need to help themselves out of poverty:
Improved health: With education, people enjoy better health. For example, young people with at least a primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those with little or no schooling. Educated mothers have healthier babies.
Higher wages and economic growth: Each additional year of schooling increases wages by 10% in many developing countries. No country has ever achieved continuous and rapid growth without reaching an adult literacy rate of at least 40%
Democracy and political stability: Educated people are more politically involved, leading to a greater voice in government. Educated people are more peaceful.
Over 150 million children in the developing world do not complete four years of education. The hope of ending poverty lies in changing these statistics.
Be The Power of One
Be The Power of One
By Tim & Susan Madden
Areas of expertise:
Education in developing communities, philanthropy, fundraising
Bringing Health Education to a rural Haiti school
Health education not only reduces sick days for students, but entire families are taught the importance of proper hygiene, nutrition and oral health.
Building a kitchen and eating area in Mexico
Many students arrive from outlying areas on Monday and return home on Friday. A hot lunch is an important part of their day.
Installing a water well on school grounds
We take clean water for granted, but for millions of people around the world, water carries disease. Along with Rotary Clubs in Central California, we put a well right on the school grounds so clean water is easily accessible to students and the surrounding community.
Providing books, uniforms and school supplies, along with a hot lunch
The first step out of poverty is education. We provide the tools needed to educate young people, and a hot meal to give them the energy they need to attend school.