POVERTY; A BARRIER TO EDUCATION

How is poverty a barrier to education?

The right to education is a basic human right and one of the sustainable development goals (SDG). But poverty is a major obstacle to accessing education in Africa. The multifaceted issue of poverty has several negative impacts on education, such as deficient infrastructure, limited resources, and financial restrictions. Without tackling poverty, the educational disparity in Africa cannot be resolved.

Students from poor families are more likely to skip school than those from wealthy families. The cost of education is a significant challenge for low-income households, with many unable to afford the expenses associated with attending school, such as fees, uniforms, and textbooks. Furthermore, poverty often leads to a lack of basic necessities like clean water and sanitation, which can have a detrimental effect on health and education outcomes.

Poverty also affects the quality of education provided in African countries. Impoverished areas often have inadequately funded schools with insufficient resources and infrastructures. These schools often lack qualified teachers and appropriate learning materials, resulting in decreased student learning and achievements.

Poverty can also contribute to early school dropout, perpetuating its cycle and hindering economic growth.

In summary, poverty is a significant barrier to education in Africa and it is imperative that urgent action is taken to address this menace. Improving access to education is essential for decreasing poverty and fostering economic growth in the region. It is our responsibility to collaborate and guarantee that all children in Africa have the chance to acquire quality education and achieve their full potential. Join us today.

CHIKA OKEKE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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