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» Studies show that each year o schooling increases a person’s earnings by a worldwideaverage o about 10 percent, which demonstrates how education reduce poverty.» Approximately 80 percent o the world’s out-o-school children live in sub-Saharan Aricaor South Asia.» Girls have less access to education than boys: 55 percent o children not in primary schoolare girls.» Only two percent o children with disabilities in developing countries receive education.
(Source or the above statistics: UNESCO EFA “Global Monitoring Report,” 2009)
ask The parTicipanTs To name
some o the reasons that many children worldwide are notable to go to school. Be sure the discussion includes these reasons:» Expense—Many poor parents cannot aord the costs o sending their children to school—even seemingly simple things like pencils, paper, and books. In some countries, there are eessimply to attend school, and many schools require that students purchase and wear a uniorm.» Family priorities—Families may need their children’s help in the elds or amily businessjust to survive. Some children spend hours each day just collecting water or rewood. Somemust look ater younger siblings and do household chores such as cleaning and cooking. Theydon’t have time to go to school or, i they do, to complete their homework.» War—In confict ridden countries, some children must stay home because it is unsae to goto school. Sometimes amilies have to move because o war, and children have to leave schoolto go with their amilies.» Lack o teachers—Communities oten don’t have suitable school buildings or qualiedteachers. In some countries, there are 40, 80, or even 100 students in one classroom with onlyone teacher! Even worse, sometimes that teacher has not had the opportunity to be trained well.
concluDe by asking The parTicipanTs
to brainstorm ways they might be able to helpchildren who are not able to go to school. Introduce World Vision’s School Tools program i youhave chosen this as the group’s action step. Be sure to develop a plan or collecting the items andassembling the kits.
inviTe The parTicipanTs
to join you in praying or children who are denied the basic righto an education.
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