The research is clear: One of the most meaningful ways to fight poverty is to focus on education. Many children in poverty leave school without a basic education – if they’re able to attend at all. Globally, 260 million children aren’t even in school.
When children and youth fall behind, usually due to illness or family problems, the resources to catch up don’t exist. Overcrowded classrooms and uneducated parents can make it nearly impossible for children to get the foundational knowledge they need to keep growing and thriving.
This makes getting a stable job or planning for the future seem hopeless.
Impoverished parents often lack basic education and are unable to help their children complete homework or provide the encouragement they need. That’s why our tutoring program is so important.
Our computer courses teach basic computer skills plus e-mail and internet safety. This allows kids to complete homework, write résumés and meet the requirements for good entry-level jobs.
of students who received math and literacy tutoring improved knowledge in either or both subjects.
On days like today, when a chronic illness weakens her mother, Sangita must stay home to help with chores and look after her younger sister. The 11-year-old’s school attendance suffers. When she does make it to class, Sangita struggles with schoolwork.
Intelligent. Quick learner. Vibrant. Role model. These are all words used to describe Anita, whose cheerful smile brightens the room as she enters her computer class at her community center in Guatemala.
Anita is always ready to work, with a positive attitude and kind words for everyone around her. Anita’s optimism is even more remarkable considering that growing up in a small, impoverished village is the least of her challenges.