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#because of school we can help the others to learn

I can only write this article and you can read it #becauseofschool where we were lucky enough to learn these skills. #becauseofschool is the hashtag launched by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to celebrate the value of education and draw the attention to the 57 million children unable to afford studying in a primary school. The number of out-of-school children is on the rise while aid has fallen. GPE aim to ensure that world leaders commit to raise the 3.5 billion dollars required to fund education in poorer countries. 

Image courtesy of Fiona Hufton,  Ghana Orphanage, Teaching & Community Health project

 GPE invites people to share on social networks stories about what education has given them: perhaps it is a career, a best friend, a passion for art or a special skill. Twitter is subsequently flooded with videos, pictures and posts about education. They list the benefits of studying: “I realised my potential as a woman” or “I met my best friend”.  Denmark’s Minister of Finance, Bjarne Corydon, simply wrote on a paper: “Minister of Finance #becauseofschool”.

School is not only about our career achievement. It is a bridge to the world, to a social life. The school bell marks the building up of life-long friendships, first crushes and love woes. Pupils open up to new kinds of relationships and develop as individuals. Whether it is loved or hated, school helps us to grow up, and shapes our personalities and interests. Teachers give us the gift of culture and knowledge which we cherish for the rest of our life. Everyone has benefited from the opportunities provided by a basic education, but it can be taken for granted in a world where millions of children around are deprived of their right to a basic education, to learn and to grow up.

Every day, 57 million children are out of primary school and deprived of the chance to learn to read, to write, and to lay the foundations to build up a future. Around 69 million children don’t make it to secondary school, and an alarming 250 million more aren't learning the basics in school at all. This stops them from achieving their full potential and leaves them vulnerable, exposed to exploitative work conditions or violence. 

In a photo published on Twitter, Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, holds a white board on which is written: “171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries completed school with basic reading skills” – that’s equal to a staggering 12% cut in global poverty. Completing an extra year of schooling increases an individual's earnings by up to 10% and improves health and safety conditions too. In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 1.8 million children's lives could be saved if their mothers had at least secondary education. 

Image courtesy of Daniel Melamdowitz, Madagasgar teaching project

 Frontier runs various teaching projects around the world to support the social development for the most impoverished. Where poverty turns education into a luxury, children are eager to learn, to know, to change, despite the scarcity of equipment and sitting in crowded classroom of over 60 students. For them education is the key to open their future’s door, a passage to escape a life of famine and deprivations. Even though 1.5 million people voted a good education as their number one priority in the United Nations MYWorld survey, public education funds have decreased 10% in the last 4 years. 

GPE wants to ensure world leaders commit funds to education at the Global Partnership for EducationSecond Replenishment Conference which will take place in Brussels on the 26th of June 2014. The organisation asks donor countries to raise a contribution of 3.5 billion dollar to support 29 million children’s studies, while urging developing countries to increase their domestic financing.

#becauseofschool we believe that education is a right and we are working to ensure that none will be left behind.

by Cristina Nanni

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