School Supplies & Infrastructure
While we can all agree that education is important, many are blind to the most fundamental problem facing many schools at home and aboard. The lack of basic school supplies or even safe and effective infostructure keeps students from acquiring basic reading, weighting and cognitive skills needed for the most basic level of education.
Basic needs like pencils, pens, paper, and textbooks help students engage in lessons, as they gain knowledge they can bring back to their community to improve overall welfare. Projects in school can translate into better lives for families in extreme poverty. A student can learn to research hygiene from a textbook, and share this information, reducing disease and increasing life expectancy. A child can learn to use a pencil and paper to manage finances and plan for new sources of income. Education and its resources encourage a lifetime of problem-solving for young learners.
But education and literacy does not just improve educational competence. Better education can improves health, job prospects, the GDP of a country and livelihood. In 2012 the Global Partnership for Education estimated that 61 million children across the globe do not attend schools. These children find themselves disadvantaged. Without access to learning, they become trapped in the generational cycle of poverty suffered by their families and those before them. The same report noted that even when children in lesser developed countries go to school, the quality of their learning leaves them many grades behind the students of wealthier nations.