Why is education important?

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Why is education important?

Education is one of the most important parts of Concern Worldwide's charity work. Why? Simply put, education is the key to lifting families out of poverty.
Charity work in Somalia: students of Concern-supported school in Mogadishu. Photo: Phil Moore

Long-term gains

The long-term economic, social and personal gains from education are proven – for individuals, families, communities and the development of a nation.
To achieve this there must be a minimum standard of education and sufficient levels of literacy, numeracy and life skills to enable people to lift themselves out of absolute poverty.

Facts about education

Education reduces poverty

Education reduces malnutrition 

Education improves health

  • A good education reduces people's vulnerability to HIV and AIDS
  • Education reduces infant mortality

Education reduces inequality

Education is a key factor associated with men’s attitudes toward women - men with less education – particularly those who have not completed secondary school, have more rigid attitudes and are more likely to be violent towards their family. 

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