Education is possibly the best tool we have for tackling poverty. Literacy is at the heart of education, and is a basic human right that we all deserve. When people have the chance to learn basic life and literacy skills economies grow faster and poverty rates decline. Everyone needs the opportunity to receive a quality education, yet despite this, 67 million primary aged children are not attending school, and 796 million adults cannot read or write.

  • One in five adults cannot read or write
  • 67 million primary aged children are not in school
  • 74 million secondary school children don’t go to school
  • Millions more are sitting in classrooms and receiving education of such a poor quality that it will do little to enhance their life outcomes

Global education promises

In 1948 education was set as a basic human right for every person and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This enforced the fact that every single person deserves the right to receive an education.


Over 60 years later this has still not become a reality, although world leaders have made several promises relating to education in this time. The most recent of these are the 2015 Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. They pledged to ensure that “by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling”.


Progress towards these goals has been slow and unproductive. At current rates, there could be more children out of school in 2015 then there are now, and the goal of Education for All could take over 75 years to achieve. But we firmly believe that with some hard work Education for All is possible!


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