Some children watch other children walk past them to go to school, while they cannot, due to extreme poverty. For these kids it is not just the lack of a school or teacher nearby, but a series of barriers that stand in their way — basic needs the rest of us take for granted, such as a uniform, supplies, or the simple need for enough food. Small impediments such as these can add up to a cruel, glass wall separating a child from his/her future.
How can children focus on their development and reach their true potential with so many roadblocks in the way?
It is these barriers that we wish to tackle today, before another day goes by; before we lose another generation.
Enlight’s mission is to bring education to underprivileged children wherever in the world there is need and wherever we can help. We do not discriminate based on faith, ethnicity or gender.
Enlight sees every child as our responsibility. We have seen the dramatic difference education makes first-hand in the day-to-day lives of children, and we assert that being able to learn in a safe and healthy environment is a right for every child, everywhere.
So, we are putting our knowledge and our networks to work with a giving solution that will make a tangible difference immediately . We are not reinventing the wheel — we are enhancing existing efforts on the ground, where we, and you, can make the most tangible difference.
Background / education:
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
Education can indeed change the world.
We can observe the links between education, prosperity and freedom many times over in international statistics:
In countries where literacy rates have gone up, GDP rises while hunger declines.
Equality, global awareness, better health, human rights, and transformative positive social outcomes are present where there are more educated people.
Women who are educated have fewer children and better maternal health outcomes. They contribute more to their communities, and their children in turn are more likely to get an education and prosper.
Clearly, education creates a positive ripple effect that improves individuals, villages and countries where it can be accessed.
But what about where such access is not granted?
Children in impoverished areas, without access to education, have limits imposed on them at a young age, before they have a chance. Far too often, we have seen the sad, sometimes devastating consequences when children are denied this chance.
In 2004, UNESCO world leaders made the achievement of universal primary education one of the Millennium Development Goals to be reached by 2015. Yet today there are still tens of millions of primary school-aged children not in school worldwide. In addition, far too many adolescents in school drop out after only a few years. Aid efforts have been vast, yet there are so many missing pieces to the puzzle of realizing our ambitious goals.
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