What stops poor children from getting a good education?

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What stops poor children from getting a good education
Good quality education is the right of every child. However, there are millions of children across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia who do not have access to a good education. Many poor children drop out of school early on, while others do not go to school but stay at home and do household chores or work to help the family get its daily meal. This poor education scenario has many reasons. In this post, we’ll see some of the main reasons why many poor children do not have access to education.

Not having a teacher, or having an untrained teacher

To get a good education, you need someone trained in a good education. However, it has been found that many teachers working in poor communities aren’t trained well. This makes it difficult for them to teach the right concepts to the children. Studies estimate about 130 million children are studying in schools with an untrained or no teacher. The UN estimates that about 69 million trained teachers need to be recruited for universal primary and secondary education.

No proper classroom or school infrastructure

Children need a proper learning environment. Sometimes, the school infrastructure isn’t adequate for children- either too many children are squeezed into one classroom or many classes are taken in the open. This is a big challenge in Africa and South Asia. Some schools are too overcrowded- about 130 pupils per teacher, while others do not have running water or sanitation facilities.

No funding for education

Some poorer countries do not have enough money to meet their educational expenses. They depend on foreign aid to fund their education programs. Though foreign aid is usually consistent, it can be unreliable. That’s when nonprofits too help people in need by investing in education in low-income countries. If you want to help disadvantaged children get an education, you could donate to charities like the Catholic Connect Foundation.

No proper textbooks or learning materials

In many low-income countries, students do not have their own textbooks. The situation is so dire that in some countries like Cameroon 11 students are trying to use a single textbook, while in other parts of the world more than 6 students are sharing a single textbook. Besides this, teachers also need worksheets, exercise sheets, readers, and other learning materials for helping students understand the topics. Teachers, too, need to have teaching materials to help them teach well.

Exclusion from school due to gender

In low-income countries, those families with limited means tend to educate their boys and let their girls stay at home doing household chores or work for a living. They are also married away before they turn 18 to ease the financial burden on the family.
However, not educating girls can be counter-productive, as education can help them to contribute positively to the family. Some girls do not go to school because the schools do not have toilets so they cannot manage their periods.

Living under the constant threat of conflict

Children who live in conflict zones may not have classes conducted consistently. Sometimes, when school infrastructure is damaged, classes have to be conducted in makeshift classrooms. Besides this, those living in conflict zones are more likely to drop out of school. This is true for conflict zones like Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Afghanistan.

Hunger and poor nutrition

Even if a child is regular at school, he may not be able to perform well if he hasn’t been fed well. Malnourishment can impact brain development to a point when it becomes difficult for children to grasp basic reading, writing, and math concepts. It can also affect the child’s focus and concentration on his studies. Though many countries have mid-day school meal programs, the implementation of these schemes is not consistent.

High cost of education

Education should be free for all children. However, many private schools charge huge fees to educate children. Many governments have abolished or put a cap on school fees, but this may not always solve the problem. Some parents desist their kids from going to school if the fees are too high for them to afford.

Distance from home to school

In many regions of the world, some children walk for up to 3 hours either way to reach school. Many parents worry about the safety and security of their children when they go to school. When these children are sick or when there are adverse climatic conditions, going to school becomes impossible. The long time taken to go to school discourages many parents living in faraway settlements to send their kids to school.

In the end

Education is the biggest weapon when it comes to the question of how to end poverty. However, there are millions of children who cannot make it to school due to the above reasons.
Many charities are working to help change this. They are working towards providing good education to the disadvantaged. The Catholic Connect Foundation is one of them. They provide aid and funds to charities and parishes worldwide to help them solve the challenge of poverty.
You too, can help them and donate money towards this noble cause.
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