The Importance of Education: Alleviating Extreme Poverty

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NEW YORK, New York – Extreme poverty is one of the world’s greatest epidemics to shake; it has several factors that increase the spread and power. These nations mired in extreme poverty suffer from issues such as a shortage of food, no supply of clean water, shortage of vaccinations to prevent disease spread, and a lack of education. However, by solving one of these problems, the others may fall in place like dominoes. The importance of education cannot be understated. Education is one of the greatest things known to mankind, and one of the biggest things neglected by extremely impoverished countries. Without being properly educated these countries do not have a fighting chance to escape their extreme poverty; instead permitting themselves to wallow in the darkness of illiteracy and a thorough lack of education.

Being educated can provide an outlet to relinquish other issues. By becoming educated in multiple areas, the people can have a better chance of dealing with problems internally than having to require outside help. Many of the nations and organizations have recognized the importance of a proper education, and have worked to establish a strong education system in struggling economies.

Education can give struggling countries and poverty-stricken areas a fighting chance. By investing in education, the people can be given the chance to solve their own problems. The food shortage problem is one that has racked these areas. However, with education comes the ability to understand more. Education invested into the cultivation of land, the proper way to do it, and the know-how to maintain healthy crops could be a massive step to solving the food crisis in many nations.

In similar ways that it applies to food problems, education can also help ease the water epidemic. Many developing countries and poverty-stricken areas struggle with access to clean water and how to obtain the means to preserve clean water. Education focusing on clean water obtainment and preserving it can be accomplished through proper teaching. By investing in education, clean water supplies can be more efficiently extracted and utilized to combat the clean water epidemic.

Also, being educated in the area of diseases is very important. Not only does understanding the symptoms of a disease contribute greatly, knowing basic hygiene can actually prevent many diseases and illnesses. By educating a population in the importance of daily hygienic practices (and teaching people how to obtain ideal conditions for good daily hygiene) is an important place to start. In dealing with more high-danger diseases (HIV/AIDS/malaria), knowing ways to limit the damage and preventing others from obtaining them is important. Education in the field of disease management and prevention could drastically change the death toll dramatically for many poverty-stricken areas.

Extreme poverty is an immense hole, one that does not have a quick fix. It requires time, patience, and a desire to rise above the negatives. Education provides a chance for these societies to be greater, yet the people must buy into the concept. Education cannot be taken for granted; it must be sought for and applied into the world with the same ambition. Education does not guarantee an escape from extreme poverty; however, it does provide the fighting chance for which many developing countries are begging.

Zachary Wright

Source: IFSWProspectUNICEF
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