"We believe that education and skills training in the key in making the world a better place for all" ~ Shule Foundation
Poverty is the greatest barrier to education
The number one reason children living on the street gave for leaving home was they were not studying. The majority of families can not afford to cover school fees for their children.
Poverty and living in a rural area are the most consistent predictors of who stays in school (or goes at all) and who drops out. In sub-Saharan Africa, just 13% of children from the poorest families complete lower secondary school.
Education by the Numbers
About 263 million children and youth are out of school, according to new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. This is equivalent to a quarter of the population of Europe. Broken down –
- 61 million children of primary school age,
- 60 million of lower secondary school age,
- 142 million of upper secondary school age.
- 15 to 17-year-olds are four times more likely to not be in school than children between the ages of 6-11
The data shows 617 million children globally do not meet the minimum proficiency requirements for their grade level in reading and math.
Children of sub-Saharan Africa are the most excluded when it comes to education
By 2030, Africa will be home to 41% of the world’s youth population. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of exclusion:
- more than one-half of Africa’s children do not go to school.
- 19% of primary school-age children are denied their right to education.
- over one fifth of children between the ages of 6-11 are sitting home,
- a third of the youth between the ages of 12-14 do not attend class,
- 60% of youth between the ages of 15-17 are not studying.
- 18% of all boys are out of school.
The good news is education can boost families out of poverty. The benefits of educating our children – improved health and nutrition, better understanding of gender equality and a global stability – World Bank research shows that each additional year of a quality education, with real learning, can increase future income by 14% for girls and 11% for boys.
Out of the 43 Million people living in Uganda 55% of the population is under the age of 15. Only 8 million age appropriate students are enrolled in school. Unemployment rate is 80%. Boys make-up 98% of the children living on the streets.
Currently there are an equal number of girls to boys that are out of school. 132 million girls to 132 million to boys are not studying. In 2016, 6% of countries had fewer boys than girls enrolling in primary, 17% in lower secondary and 45% in upper secondary.
Studies show that 70% of the children living on the streets are boys. .
Boys are missing out on education
Schools and teachers tend to disengage boys and perpetrate stereotypes. Boys, tend to feel more like they don’t belong in a school and are more likely to find themselves in violent environment, or fall victim to violence at the hand of their teachers. This treatment towards boys result is a disparity in skills especially in reading
Reasons for boys dropping out of school:
- poverty with in the family forcing them to find work
- socio-cultural perceptions among teachers and parents result in low expectations and disengagement from school.
- Boys are more likely to experience corporal punishment.
Study shows that less educated men who had not completed secondary education were more likely to
- express discriminatory views on gender
- be physically and/or sexually violent against woman and children
Ask yourself ~ who will a well-educated, hardworking, forward thinking girl marry when she grows-up if we continue to leave the boys behind?
The GEM Report shows that ensuring both girls and boys complete at least secondary school is key for achieving gender equality across society. Pitting boys and girls against each other run counter to an inclusive approach to education and is detrimental on global scale.
The Reality Is
If we do not educate and change the mind set of boys, we will never win the fight against climate change, gender equality, poverty, and global stability.