The Benefits Of Education

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Many students complain about the stresses of studying and completing school assignments on time. Little do they realize how many other children and adolescents would jump at the opportunity to receive education. According to Wendy Kopp, the CEO and co-founder of a global network of organizations focused on educational expansion, 250 million children around the world are not likely to gain basic literacy and numeracy skills. This problem is not restricted to children, either. There are millions of adults - the majority are women - who are in need of education, whether it is literacy and numeracy or basic life skills. Furthermore, education was declared a human right by the United Nations in 1948 (“The Universal”). Although great strides have been made in making education more available, progress has slowed over time (“The Millenium Development”). Education needs a greater focus globally because of how it affects employment, health, and civic concerns. To begin with, the most obvious effect of education is opportunity for employment. In fact, even one more year of schooling can increase one’s income by up to ten percent Education Counts 7). An even more striking statistic is that “171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a twelve percent cut in world poverty” (Education Counts 8). Better qualifications open up better jobs, and better pay opens up a better quality of life.
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