Without education, one may have to struggle at the bottom of a society, resulting in intergenerational poverty. The whole community and even the whole country become hopelessness.
However, it is not a must for one to have a chance to receive education.
Global illiteracy rate remains high
According to the statistics of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2017, currently there are 750 million illiterate people in the world. They are lacking of basic literacy skills. Among them, about 260 million children and adolescents are unable to attend school due to various reasons.
Due to its geographical and historical background, China’s illiterate population (illiterate people aged 15 and above) remains as the second highest in the world! According to the “Major Figures of the 2010 Population Census (No. 1)” released by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, there are 54,656,573 illiterates among the population of 31 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and active servicemen.
Literacy is the foundation of lifelong learning and plays an important role in creating a sustainable, prosperous and peaceful society. On the contrary, illiteracy poses problems of disparity between the rich and the poor as well as unbalanced distribution of social resources. These, not only affecting the present, but also many coming generations.
Two-third of illiterates are female
Two-third of world illiterate population are female, and this ratio remains almost unchanged since 1990.
In rural China, female not just lack of the opportunity to attend school, some even are deprived of the right to decide for their marriages and personal life. One teenage girl graduated from junior high school is forced to marry a man she never met before, in order to reduce the family burden or to provide finance for the education of her brothers. This is just like a business deal, leaving her with no right to take charge of her own life and voicing out her own thought.
If this situation continues, the earliest for female in developing countries to reach universal literacy rate will be 2072. In other words, there’re still 57 years to go!
China is a rich country, why should I bother?
Whenever this notion came across your mind, do think about what will happen if Europe, the U.S. and Hong Kong are without NGO’s contribution? Education, health care system, etc may crumple right away. Government alone is inadequate to provide sufficient support and services.
One’s life is confined if without education
Children without education dare not dream about their future, but submitted to fate. Do you want to join us to change this unfair and unjust situation?