Around the world, more than 58 million school-age children are denied an education. Compassion helps ensure that children enrolled in the sponsorship program have access to at least a primary education, where they form a firm foundation in areas such as literacy, arithmetic and language — all of which help provide a path out of poverty. In addition,
1. Poverty and Education: There are currently 75 million primary-aged children not in school. They can’t go to school because they have to work to survive, because they are girls or even because there are no schools where they live. Even children attending school have unique barriers to overcome, including book fees, lack of special education, and poorly qualified teachers.
2. Compassion’s Role: So what does Compassion do? Each child in the sponsorship program has access to at least a primary education — giving them life-changing literacy, writing and math skills, all essential to breaking the cycle of poverty.
3. After-school Support: In the countries where Compassion works, most parents can spare little finances for things like tutoring or after-school programs. Because Compassion staff see the students we serve on a regular basis, they know when children are struggling academically and can offer extra support through academic tutoring. These benefits are especially helpful for students who have special needs.
4. Beyond the Classroom: Compassion makes a commitment to help children get their primary school education, but what about educational opportunities outside of the classroom? Compassion’s non-formal education fund helps students access a broad range of opportunities from playgrounds and camps to libraries and computer classes.
5. Keeping Teens Engaged: As students grow into adolescence, it can become more and more tempting to quit school and get a job. By providing vocational training, including sewing, baking and electrical work, Compassion helps bridge that gap. Adolescents learn marketable skills at the center while also staying in school.
6. It Works: Education has always been a priority among the children we serve. But does it work? A recent independent study shows us that it does! Former Compassion-sponsored children stay in school 1 to 1.5 years longer than their non-sponsored peers. And in Uganda, the numbers are much higher: 2.4 years. An extra year of schooling could have long-lasting impact on a child’s future employment possibilities as an adult.