Education in Developing Nations – Opportunity For All
The importance of education in developing countries can never be overstated. Education can truly be the catalyst needed to lift communities and families out of their cycle of poverty. Knowledge not only gives children the strength to dream of a better life and the courage to pursue a full educational education, but it also empowers individuals to aspire to a better life and a better community.
The empowerment of women in these communities is an immediate example of the benefits of education. It is estimated that one in four women living in the developing world suffers from gender-based violence. Yet education is a powerful way to create change. With adequate education, women have greater control over their lives. They can escape the domestic violence that so often occurs in rural areas where violence against women is widespread. More than a third of women who migrate from developing countries in search of a better future do so because of a lack of education.
A child’s chances of leading a good life depend on the education he receives. A child in poverty cannot go to school and is not able to acquire the skills or knowledge that would enable him to succeed in life. This means that a family without a good education is almost guaranteed to fail. The family is further reduced to a place where the mother suffers abuse and neglect due to her lack of education.
Another example of the positive impact of education on poverty is the possibility of obtaining a university degree for a child without formal education. A mother with a college diploma is more likely to find a job that allows her to contribute to the family’s income. In developing countries, most children wait for a university degree because of a lack of education. It is rare to see a child without a diploma.
The chance for an educated child to leave the family to live alone is reduced when there is no chance for a woman to earn an income through employment. The family may be forced to depend on the provision of food rations or shelter by the government. A mother’s income is also reduced if she has to stay at home to care for the children. The result is a situation where the mother is separated from her husband and children. Children are exposed to domestic violence and the risk of physical or sexual abuse is high. Such a situation can not only lead to an unhappy marriage, but can have negative effects on the overall income of the family.
Education is particularly important in preventing poverty throughout a child’s life. A chance to receive an education will give him a chance to learn a second language and participate in international relations if given the opportunity. A chance to learn another language will allow him to work in a foreign country and send for higher education in order to get a better paying job in the field of his choice. There is also the issue of a family living in a rural area and the educational needs of that family.
With access to the Internet, a child today has the opportunity to study virtually anywhere he or she wishes. There is no reason why an educated person from a developing country cannot strive for an education in the United States or elsewhere in the world. The same can be said for a family in a rural area where the main language is English. Both of these groups have access to scholarships and grants that can enable them to send their children to schools in the United States or other first world countries.
No matter what a family’s income, there is a way to give their children the best chance for an education. Sending a child to an American college or a university in a developing country is not as expensive as you might think. A family on a budget can afford to send their child to an accredited university without breaking the bank. It is not necessary to pay for a diploma but rather to give the possibility to follow a training.