Education in our community, country and world.

Introduction to Education

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, who was shot by the Taliban at the age of fourteen for merely trying to go to school has become an activist for women's rights and education. She recently said, "Education is our only weapon.” I say that everyone should be given an education, no matter the age, no matter the financial situation. Yet, as of 2012, 31 million primary-school pupils worldwide dropped out of school.

In the sub-Saharan area of Africa, 11.07 million children leave school before even completing their primary education. In southern and western Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million. Even in the United States, where education is suppose to be the backbone of this country, the government isn’t giving education the import that it deserves. Funding has been cut; only 69% of American seniors earn their diploma, schools are overcrowded, and although America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas, today our nation is ranked 18th out of 23 industrialized countries. Education should take the role in the world, and in our country, that it needs and deserves.

Why is Education So Important?

Education does much to improve our country, such as making people healthier, reducing poverty, and fostering peace. According to Global Partnership of Education,"Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. If the enrollment rate for secondary schooling becomes 10% higher than the average, the risk of war would be reduced to about 3%.” You might say, “ How would education lessen the poverty rate?" If you are educated, there is a more likely chance that you will become employed, which will lead to higher income and escaping poverty.

A Few Facts About Education

A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past age 5.

Investing in girls education could boost sub-Saharan Africa agricultural output by 25%.

One extra year of schooling increases an individual's earnings by up to 10%.

Each extra year of a mother's schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%.

Each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%.

In 2011, 28.5 million out-of-school children lived in countries affected by conflict, half of all out-of-school children - an increase from 42% in 2008. The majority of these children are girls.

One additional school year can increase a woman's earnings by 10% to 20%.