Imagine you couldn’t read or write. Imagine you knew nothing of the world that exists beyond your hometown. Imagine you had no idea how to prevent common illnesses that were devastating your community. Or worse yet, imagine you didn’t even know your basic human rights, let alone how to fight for them.
For the 121 million primary-aged children who aren’t in school, there’s no need to imagine—this is their painful reality. Without access to an education, these children remain voiceless and the cycle of poverty continue.
- Worldwide, 121 million children of primary school age are not in school.
- An estimated 158 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labour—one in six children in the world.
- About one in five adults in today’s world—774million people—is illiterate.
- It would cost less than 1% of the world’s annual weapons budget to put every child in school.