Children’s right to education: what is the situation and how our children can learn about this
There are more than 72 million children in the age of primary school that today still do not receive the education they need. Learning is vital for their intellectual and social development.
Undeniably, many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are forced to abandon their education due to health problems or in order to work and provide support for the family. To this we can add that many emerging countries do not appropriate the financial resources necessary to create schools, provide schooling materials, nor recruit and train teachers. Funds pledged by the international community are generally not sufficient enough to allow countries to establish an education system for all children.
Equally, a lack of financial resources has an effect on the quality of teaching. Teachers do not benefit from basic training and schools have oversized classes.
This overflow leads to classes where many different educational levels are forced together which does not allow each individual child to benefit from an education adapted to the single needs and abilities. As a result, the drop-out rate and education failure remain high.
In rural areas the situation gets worse due to the difficulties to reach the schools.
Out of the many reasons children in these countries don’t receive the education they need, there are two that could be faced making a big difference with little steps.
In Uganda, for example, it’s not just a lack of classrooms that’s the problem, but also all the basic facilities you would expect a school to have — like running water and sanitary facilities.
These two issues alone make the situation difficult for children: we cannot imagine how much. But everyone can help making small steps all together.
Learn more about the problems in small rural schools in developing countries like Mpangala in Uganda and on how much our children can learn to become better citizens of the future helping others.