5 examples of how education can help reduce extreme poverty

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October 17, 2017 by GPE Secretariat

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, adopted by the United Nations in December 1992. At the Global Partnership for Education, we are convinced that there is no better way to fight extreme poverty than by giving every girl and boy around the world a good quality education.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring Report, 420 million people could be lifted out of poverty with a secondary education, thus reducing the number of poor worldwide by more than half.  

Below is a compilation of 5 blog posts we have published on the intricate links between education and poverty.

    1. 17 ways education influences the 17 sustainable development goals

Shortly before the adoption of the 17 SDGs for 2030 by the UN, we published this blog showing how education (or lack of education) impacts every one of the goals and contributes to achieving a safer, healthier, more prosperous and equal world.

17 ways education influences the 17 sustainable development goals
    1. Infographic: 5 ways education can end poverty

This infographic gives the latest data on how education can reduce inequalities, increase earnings for individuals and promote economic growth.

Infographic: 5 ways education can end poverty
    1. 7 suggestions to fight poverty in the developing world

From setting simple standards to ensuring better early childhood education and using mother tongue, Luis Crouch, Chief Technical Officer at RTI international and former GPE colleague, gives 7 suggestions to improve education systems in developing countries, thereby reducing poverty in the countries that need it the most.

7 suggestions to fight poverty in the developing world
    1. Education helped Liberia rebuild after the Ebola virus crisis

In this video, you will meet Miatta, 14, who lost her parents to Ebola and has been taken in by her aunt. You will also meet Elizabeth Toe, a wonderful teacher who remained a strong presence for her students, making up songs about “kicking Ebola out of Africa”. GPE’s flexible support helps countries undergoing crisis get back on track quicker.

Education helped Liberia rebuild after the Ebola virus crisis
    1. 14 stories about how education shapes lives

In this photo story, you will meet 14 young men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and Tajikistan who are the living proof that education can provide opportunities and hope that otherwise wouldn’t be there.

14 stories about how education shapes lives<

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