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The Key To Eradicate Poverty and Hunger - Basic Education Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Beary Special, United States Oct 8, 2006
Human Rights , Education   Opinions


The Key To Eradicate Poverty and Hunger - Basic Education Achieving universal primary education is a key prerequisite for the successful eradication of poverty and hunger worldwide. Only guaranteed access to a full course of primary schooling ensures that individuals are able to fulfil their development potential and participate in the globalisation process on an equal footing. Primary education also provides the knowledge that is required for the individual to benefit from further education in the secondary and tertiary sectors and vocational training.

In the last 30 years, school enrolment rates worldwide have more than doubled. And yet it is estimated that around the world, some 121 million children do not attend primary school. In many developing countries, the quality of education is often poor and fails to cater for the needs of target groups such as disadvantaged children and members of socio-cultural minorities.

There are 862 million adults and young people worldwide who cannot read and write. 121 million children - one-fifth of all school-age children - have no opportunity to attend school. Denying people access to education means denying them a basic human right. Without education, human development is impossible. Promoting education is therefore a key task in international and German development policy.

Education is the basis for the cultural identity of the individual and society. Every child has the right to an education and every individual is entitled to satisfy their basic learning needs.

The Purpose of Basic education is to encourage learning, facilitate the ongoing learning process, and promote independent thought and problem-solving. Besides literacy and numeracy, people must also acquire life skills, for example self-help skills.

A good basic education increases self-confidence and autonomy. Knowledge is a prerequisite for self-determined action and participation. Education is therefore also the basis of a functioning democracy, for people who can read and write are able to participate in social and political processes more quickly and effectively. They are able to assert their individual rights.

A basic education empowers people to improve their social, cultural and economic status. It increases opportunities for economic growth and is therefore a key prerequisite for poverty reduction.

Studies by the World Bank show that just four years of education help people to increase the productivity of their agricultural smallholdings. Basic education is the prerequisite for developing a population's creative and productive capacities. A well-trained workforce enhances the quality and quantity of a country's labour productivity.

Basic education helps people develop a rational understanding of causal relationships. It promotes environmental awareness, encourages the sustainable use of natural resources, and improves the status and living conditions of women and girls.

Education can also have a positive impact on reproductive health and nutrition. It helps improve health and reduce birth rates. According to a study by the World Bank, women who attended school for more than four years have one third fewer children than women without any schooling. The mortality rate of their children is also 50 percent lower than among children born to illiterate mothers. Children whose own parents attended school also have a better chance of being sent to school.

What is being done to increase Basic and equal educational accessibility?
The international community has pledged to improve education worldwide. This commitment forms part of the Millennium Declaration: by 2015, all children should have access to primary education. A further aim is to eliminate gender disparities at all levels of education by the same deadline. Concerted endeavours are under way to achieve these goals. The German Federal Government's development policy commitment in the education sector is geared towards these internationally agreed targets



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Beary Special

I have been publishing articles pertaining to ebooks for over 5 years and enjoy expressing my knowledge and support for all humankind.

We are all intelligant people and share many different views. Writing allows me to express my veiws, opinions, thoughts, insight and knowledge.

Education is inclusive of all
Mbũrũ Kamau | Oct 19th, 2006
Education at the primary level should not leave out adults, the youth, displaced people etc who have no access to proper education or continuity. This is captivating text

Education is the key!
Plato Owulezi | Oct 30th, 2006
Yes, I was among those that felt the hit! And I vowed to carry on unless I see this goal achived.

Ekpon Theophilus | Nov 1st, 2006
Great article!

Anand Koti | Nov 10th, 2006
Yes, education does make lot of importance to all. Good work Friend.

Benhildah Chihota-Masuka | Nov 18th, 2006
It is important that some issues that are overlooked or considered everyone is fully aware of be discussed and at length. Well done.

Kevin A. Ferreira | Dec 27th, 2006
This is an amazing article. This brings out the simplest and most powerful arguements that show how education can change our world. I feel that you wrote this beautifully and I hope this will help bring support for such an important world-wide issue :).

Bemoute serge Mario | Jan 4th, 2007
This is a genuine analysis of the school advantages. Our world can totally eradicate some of its evils through education and progress towards a better environment.

SAID | Jan 16th, 2007
i agree, education can be such a powerful (and empowering) force

My thoughts exactly!
Jade | Feb 14th, 2007
I actually had a Model U.N topic on poverty eradication and this very point was brought up. Education is the essential key to the eradication of poverty. We can give money, food, etc all we want, but without the proper education, people of impoverished countries will never be able to fend for the themselves. "Give me a fish and you feed me for a day. TEACH me to fish and you feed me for a lifetime."

I agree with you
Ajit Rai | May 8th, 2013
Great article, though published 7 years ago, it still retains its relevance.

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