Who Is Affected
The global economy has advanced immensely. In this advancement information continues to spread and the corporate world is continuously demanding for even more informed and academically empowered personnel. While this is the case, education for the modern child is becoming more and more imperative. In furtherance of this realization the United Nations Millennium Development Goals set up in 2000 required that education be made compulsory for the modern child. However, despite these developments, scores of children still do not have access to education. The connecting thread among these children is the fact that they are in a vicious state of poverty (Rwomire, 2011). In fact, most of these cases occur in the third world with Sub-Saharan African countries being the most significant victims. Notably, lack of education is particularly adverse in countries experiencing armed conflict or some form of political turmoil. These include Somalia, Congo and Sudan which are all located in sub-Saharan Africa. However, it is equally important to highlight the cases in Asia and South American countries where the children have yet to be subjected to compulsory education. Most of these children have resorted to indulging in prostitution, child pornography, child labor and other related vices.
The question put forth is: what has the future in store for these unfortunate children? As it stands, the children are exposed to immoral practices and health risks that only make them more vulnerable. In addition, their lack of education, inability to communicate and lack of social skills place them in a disadvantaged position as far as accessing decent employment opportunities is concerned (Rwomire, 2011). It is, therefore, telling what future such children could have. The situations are even compounded where their nations’ governments are still entangled in civil strife. It is the position of this paper that such children would continue wallowing in economic oblivion, poverty and social adversities. The stakeholders ought to take active measures to at least mitigate these threats in the near future.
In order to effectively deal with the situation, the governments, Non-governmental organizations, donors, well wishers and other noteworthy stakeholders have to attack the problem from the root. As mentioned earlier, the main cause of this ugly situation is the actuality that poverty is still rampant and civil strife worsens the situation. Considering the cases of Somalia and Congo for instance, not all people are poor. There are rich people in these countries, but their children cannot go to school because of the security situation. They cannot access the institutions because of the civil strife. Therefore, the strategies for rectifying the situation revolve around restoring calm to the countries, and eradicating poverty.
As a matter of common knowledge, poverty is the single most significant cause of illiteracy in the third world. This is because wallowing in poverty limits an individual’s capacity to pay the tuition fees, the capacity to afford all the necessary material required for the learning process, and so on. Poverty brings along other factors that make it difficult for people to access education. For instance, poverty is associated with diseases that come as results of the unhealthy environment created by the poor socio-economic status. Additionally, poor people tend to stick to the age old traditions such as the practice of barring the girl child from accessing education. Essentially, therefore, it is all about eliminating poverty, restoring peace and order, as well as creating awareness on the essence of education.
Rwomire , A. (2011). Social Problems in Africa: New Visions. New York: Greenwood Publishing Group.