Beneath the surface of schoolyards, classrooms and books lies a deeper, more complex side of education. It is a multi-dimensional part of society, connected by factors that can make or break a child’s future. Any absence of these elements can create gaping holes in the quality of education, leaving millions of students underequipped. Unfortunately, in many corners of the world students are forced to face this reality on a daily basis.
An example of this can be seen in countries such as Togo, India and Somalia, where 40% of teachers hold no formal training (UNICEF), and students fall short of standards. Preparing qualified teachers early on can have positive effects, beginning with equal opportunity for girls to receive education. In 2011, Do Good Lab partnered with Akili Dada in Kenya to fund secondary schooling for girls. Supporting higher education among these students can give them the tools they need to be successful in their careers, and can prepare future teachers to impact the generations that follow.
Just as importantly, there must be adequate materials in the classroom for students to access. Insufficient supplies and run-down facilities have become a large barrier to why students are not receiving the quality of education they deserve. This was a problem at the Grapesyard School in Nairobi, Kenya, where students studied in poor conditions. In response, Do Good Lab provided over three-hundred textbooks and four bathroom facilities for the students last year. This assistance has provided tangible resources for a safer, more accessible environment for students to thrive.
Sometimes, just making it to class can be half the battle. In rural areas, attendance can vary significantly. Students may not be able to easily commute to distant schools without adequate transportation. Do Good Lab partnered with the Pazhassi Raja School in the Wayanad region of Kerala, India, to fund a jeep for students living in remote areas. This vehicle became a lifeline for students living up to six hours away, giving many of them access to education for the very first time.
While all of these elements are critical, it is just as important that there is sustainability for long-lasting results. Community involvement and increased parent/teacher engagement can greatly increase awareness for the challenges that still exist. These stakeholders must work together to ensure schools are running properly, resources are allocated appropriately, projects are fulfilled, teachers are receiving training and that students are exceeding their required standards.
It is our hope that students are not simply fulfilled in what they learn, but are able to achieve the education that can pave their way to a bright future.
Written by Stephanie Nelson
Posted by Aezed Raza on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 11:59 am.