Everyone deserves a quality education. Yet, around the world, 130 million girls are currently out of school – almost 4 times the population of Canada — a tragic waste of human potential.
Why is ONE so passionate about improving access to education, especially for girls? Here are a few facts that may surprise you:
- If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. That’s equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
- But 130 million girls are out of school – almost 4x times the population of Canada.
- The situation is particularly dire in sub-Saharan Africa, where 29 million young and adolescent girls are out of school — and many will never set foot in a classroom.
Canada needs to do its fair share to address this crisis. If we double spending on global education by 2020, we can ensure that girls everywhere are in school and learning within a generation.
- Right now, Canada contributes $302 million on global education — about 2 cents a day per person
- For an extra 2 cents, a day per person, we can help lift 130 million girls out of poverty by giving every girl access to quality education.
It’s time for Canada to do our fair share. It’s time to increase foreign aid and get back on track to ending extreme poverty. It couldn’t be more important — which is why we need your help.
We know that poverty hits women harder than men, and that preventing girls and women from reaching their full potential holds everybody back. (Conversely, when you lift up women and girls, you raise men and boys up, too!) The fight against extreme poverty is tied to the fight for gender equality, and that’s especially evident in education.
Add your 2 cents – tell your MP to double spending on global education by 2020 so that girls everywhere have the opportunity to learn and lead!
Not sure what to write? We’ve got a template to help — but you should feel free to add a note of personal experience. After all, you wouldn’t be where you are today without an education, right? Share that with your MP and make sure they know how much you think children around the world deserve that same chance!