Do you know that the 24th of January, 2019 is the first International Day of Education? The theme of the commemoration is Education, a key driver for inclusion and empowerment. Education promotes the understanding of social justice, interdependence, and identity. Millions of children and adults around the world lack access to education for various reasons – some are physically challenged, some live in conflict zones, others aren’t allowed to attend school because they are girls, or they don’t attend because their families need to work and bring in income to support the family. Education holds the key to eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. Here are seven facts you need to know about global education.

  1. Around the world, 59 million children of primary school age are being denied an education, and almost 65 million adolescents are without access to a secondary school.
  2. Conflict and natural disasters have disrupted the education of 75 million children.
  3. In one of three countries, less than three-quarters of teachers are trained to national standards, resulting in 130 million children enrolled in school who are not even learning the basics.
  4. A child whose mother can read is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5.
  5. It would take $39 billion (USD) every year to send all adolescents to school. 
  6. Over 40 years, equitable access to quality education can help a country raise its gross domestic product per capita by 23 percent.
  7. If all women had a primary education, there would be 1.7 million fewer malnourished children.

Through the Extrapreneurship model, Sahara Foundation is currently implementing a bespoke scholarship programme model that effectively serves the educational and psychosocial needs of its beneficiaries.  The scholarship covers tuition, school supplies, health care and general welfare for the recipients.  Sahara Staff is also encouraged to support in our mentoring program for secondary school students, teacher training program and book reading drives in schools across our operating countries.

As the driver of the Private Sector Advisory Group in Nigeria, a partnership with the United Nations and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria, we advocate for the rights of children and young people by encouraging other private sector players to invest resources in the Sustainable Development Goals with emphasis on Education.