Education is one of the most important rights that must be given to children. It allows them the opportunity to learn how to think critically, enhance their creativity and imagination and help them live better lives. However, a vast number of children around the world are denied access to education.
According to a report on the state of global education crisis, before the COVID-19 pandemic, 258 million children of primary and secondary school age were out of education worldwide with the numbers hitting 600 million as we enter the 3rd year of the pandemic.
There are several different reasons why children do not have access to education. Poverty remains as the number one reason- many families send off their young children to find work to provide for the rest of the family. Children living in areas or countries with conflicts or natural disasters have also had their education disrupted and, in many cases, come to a halt. In some other countries, girls are not given the opportunity to pursue an education in the same way as boys. In cases where children do have access to education, other issues arise such as improper training of teachers, insufficient funds for learning materials and buildings.
These issues severely limit a child’s ability to reach their full potential later and can impact them later in life with employment and health. As much global effort has been made to tackle these issues, there is still a long way to go before all children not only get access to education but of a good quality