Education for the Nations

Allowing Children to Succeed

Autumn DeLong

2678 Summer Drive
Springfield, Illinois 01540

Mission Statement

The mission of Education for the Nations is to provide oppressed children who need an outlet with the resources to learn. Our primary focus is to provide children with a proper education so they will have a better future, and our secondary focus is to implement an avenue for them to let go of their worry.

What is currently happening?

Currently, 130 million of the young adults around the world are illiterate (Compassion International & Poverty Facts and Stats). This is a trend that cannot continue, which is why foundations such as UNICEF and Save the Children are trying to do something about it. Both UNICEF and Save the Children are working in countries in Southeast Asia and Africa to improve the conditions for the children. The problem is that they are worldwide organizations, and there cannot be specialized help for the kids in these global situations. Schools would be especially needed in rural areas, as many children in developing countries are deprived of educations because there is no school close enough to them (Global Campaign for Education). If Education for the Nations can focus on the individualized service of children in rural areas, we could completely change the outlook of life for many children in oppressed families.

Why is it important?

Two years ago, 63 million children dropped out of school or repeated a grade (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). For poor areas of the world, every year a child attends school helps them achieve a better life, as their future income will increase by approximately 10 percent each year (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). This means that if we can help even one child attend even one more year of school, the child will have a better life when they grow up. Attending school is also a priority because 168 million children are currently involved in child labor, with about half working in dangerous positions (Care). If these trends continue, our future will not be bright, and many children will end up living dangerous lives or losing their lives before they are grown up.

Why Southeast Asia & Africa?

Southeast Asia and Africa are two of the biggest regions of the world with poverty issues and third-world countries. For most of the children working in severe conditions, they are working in order to support their family's economic income (Global Campaign for Education). It is also important to improve the economic situations of these oppressed families because the wealthier a family is, the more likely the child will be able to attend school- four times more likely, in fact (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). This is especially evident in Africa- it is the only area where poverty has increased in the past quarter-century. Educating children would improve this situation (Achieve in Africa).

Who and what do we need?

Primarily, we need those who are willing to give money. Those who are able are greatly encouraged to give up some of their well-being in order to help these innocent children. Philanthropists are greatly appreciated in our case. We will also need volunteers to travel to these areas of the world and construct schools for these wonderful kids so that we will actually have a place for them to learn. And of course, there is also a need for teachers- in order to educate these children, 1.7 million more teachers will be needed (Global Campaign for Education). Simply building schools will not solve the problem. We need people to teach the children as well!

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