Imagine: Living on Less than $2 a Day...How Can Education Help Eradicate Poverty?

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Professors Kristen Gray, Brigitte Hamon-Porter, Amy Otis-De Grau, Yolanda Vega and John Yelding

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Our world is filled with poverty with more than 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 per day. In the areas of most extreme poverty, most often the children do not attend school either because there is not one nearby, they are infected by worms, or girls do not have the proper products to deal with their menstrual cycle. However, education is perhaps the best way to break the cycle of poverty and create sustainable communities. In developing countries, the education of girls is especially important because they play the central role in taking care of the family. Their education in simple sanitation and health is often the difference between the life and death of a child. It is proven that simple treatments can increase the attendance and mental capacity of children. There are many organizations such as Brac, Unicef and Compassion that help provide practical education to children of developing nations. While there is still much to accomplish, much progress has been made.

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