For most of Africa’s children, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. Across the continent, millions of children currently live on less than $1 US dollar a day. Only those who can read, write and have some mathematical ability can hope to get a better paid job when they are older. But attending school is important for more than just acquiring job skills. An education builds confidence in a child, cohesiveness, and creates a sense of community.
Educated children are less likely to become victims or perpetrators of violence and abuse. They are more likely to invest in improving their communities as they get older. And the residual effects of even a basic education quickly multiplies, as children who have benefited from schooling themselves strive to secure even better opportunities for their own families.