Tell the World What You've Achieved #BecauseOfSchool
School is something many people take for granted. If you received a good education then you likely had a fair start in life; it opened up doors and created opportunities to help you achieve your dreams. Without school, you wouldn't be who you are today. Whether it was the start of a lifelong passion, a career or even a best friend, we have all benefited from the most basic opportunities that education provides.
But 1 in 10 children worldwide still go through life without an education. That’s 58 million children between the ages of 6 and 11 who are denied an education despite the world's promise to put every child in school by 2015. More than half of these children are girls.
The world could lift 171 million people out of poverty if governments invested in getting all students in low-income countries to acquire basic reading skills. We can’t afford not to make this investment.
Tell the world what you've achieved #BecauseOfSchool, what your education gave you or how it helped you become who you are today.
Despite significant gains in school enrollment since 2000, progress stalled in 2010 when donor aid for education declined by 10%. We are now on the verge of breaking the promise we made to children at the dawn of the century.
The Global Partnership for Education's Second Replenishment aims to support education for 29 million children and secure a 25% increase in the number of children who complete primary education annually and demonstrate core reading and math skills. Donor countries have already pledged more than 50% of the US$3.5 billion goal and 27 developing countries have increased their own education budgets by an average of 25%.
Over 2.5 million people voted a good education as their number one priority in the United Nations MYWorld survey. It's time to remind the world and our leaders to invest in the one thing that citizens want most.