“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” – Victor Hugo
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver
These agents of change all agreed on one thing: Knowledge is power.
Education is the most effective way to help third world countries thrive economically, politically, and socially. Currently, the youth literacy rate in South America and Europe are among the highest with 90-100 percent. However, the African continent has areas with less than 50 percent literacy among children aged 18 and under.
Organizations such as UNICEF, BRAC, and UN Development have been making efforts to increase the literacy rate around the world. One organization, Room to Read, has been actively involved in education development. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, it has worked with local communities to support education and spread the word about literacy skills. It established 16,060 libraries and distributed about 13.3 million books to children in India, Zambia, Tanzania, and more. Erin Ganju is a co-founder and the CEO of Room to Read.
One of the key ways to really break the cycle of poverty in developing countries is to ensure that more and more girls get educated. – Erin Ganju
Having mentioned all of these accomplishments, still 759 million people in the world cannot read or write, 98 % of them living in the developing world. If they are not lifted out of this devil’s circle, these 759 million cannot get out poverty and misery. With education and literacy they will be able to build their paths for a better, brighter future.