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Education

About the Situation

By the Numbers

There are 774 million illiterate adults around the world

2/3 of illiterate adults are women

60 million children do not attend primary school around the world due to poverty, discrimination or lack of resources

(Source: UNESCO)

For millions across the developing world, poverty keeps education out of reach. As a result, families cannot improve their quality of life and break free from poverty. Education is one of the surest routes out of poverty.

According to the United Nation’s International Institute for Educational Planning, the following are among the effects of education:

  • Boosts weak economies
  • Strengthens community participation in government and restores the public’s trust
  • Protest children from being coerced into armed service
  • Promotes respect for rights and nonviolence
  • Promotes social cohesion and nation-building
  • Promotes an equal society and challenges patterns of gender discrimination, oppression and violence
  • Prevents environmental degradation

According to UNESCO, more than half of the world’s illiterate population lives in South and West Asia—but this region is among those that have also made the greatest progress in improving literacy during the past two decades. The Arab states have also made major improvements: adult literacy rose from 55% to 77%, and youth literacy rose from 74% to 90% between 1990 and 2011. Education results in better family health and reduced rates of child malnutrition and mortality, and it gives women access to better work opportunities.

How Islamic Relief USA is Helping

In the wake of disasters, Islamic Relief’s immediate humanitarian assistance efforts are often followed by long-term development projects that help local populations lift themselves out of precarious state that placed them in acute need. Education is often part of this approach. Projects are aimed at both adults and children and include building and equipping schools, offering literacy classes and training teachers. Many of the education projects target impoverished women and young girls, helping them break free from poverty and ensuring stability for generations to come.

Here’s a breakdown of some education programs Islamic Relief has supported:

HOME-BASED EDUCATION FOR WOMEN
Afghanistan

INSTITUTE ANNOUR TEACHER TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Benin

TONGJIANG EDUCATION, HEALTH AND WATER SUPPLY PROGRAM
China

MUSLIM TEACHERS TRAINING INSTITUTE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Ghana

AZHAR AKKAR EDUCATION SPONSORSHIP
Lebanon

CHILD FRIENDLY VILLAGE
Mali

NOWSHERA INTEGRATED REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Pakistan

PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT
Palestine

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Education fund to support this effort.