When and where a person is born could be called fate, and we can think that this unrest in far off countries won't have any effect on our lives, and then not give another thought about other people. But it's not that easy.
The standard of living and educational opportunities go hand-in-hand with one another. Education also has an effect on income and health.
What has a small impact in industrialised nations has grave impacts on other countries: the less money the parents earn, the less likely it is that their children will attend secondary school. This information was shown in a study carried out in Austria, and is also the case in the Philippines: http://www.lyoness-cff.org/en/projects/philippinen/details only approximately 69% of primary school children from the poorest families go on to a secondary school. With the richest families, this is 94%.
How prosperous a country is doesn't start with production. It starts in the classroom.
If, in a country such as the Philippines, only 68.2% of 6 year olds finish primary school, this has consequences for the nation's economy as a whole, and not just on those individuals.
Surprisingly, the "Education at a glance" OECD study also shows that a higher education has an influence on health, as well as income. When asking people of the same age about limitations due to health problems, 23% of those who only attended school as long as it was compulsory had limitations, compared to just 10% of those who completed secondary school. The less highly-qualified the population in a country, the higher the outgoings on health care.
That a lack of education leads to low-qualified professions is nothing new. Low-qualified professions lower the productivity and thus the income of the whole country. According to the OECD study, those who are less educated have a higher risk of being unemployed: In Austria, the unemployment rate for people who have only had compulsory schooling is 19.1% (OECD average 17.4). For those who went to secondary school, it is only 4.1% (OECD average 6.9).
Local problem, global impact
This means that the more people who have no education at all, or no higher education, the more unemployment there is. This costs the state a lot of money that it could otherwise put to other projects which would strengthen the economy. If there is no support, or not enough support, from the state, poverty is always just around the corner.
Many people turn to crime as the only alternative. And everyone feels the impact of this: in some countries, people don't feel safe to travel, they daren't go further than a couple of metres away from their towel on the beach for fear their belongings will be stolen, and some areas are avoided altogether.
The greater the difference between rich and poor, or between rich and poor countries, the greater the unrest in the world. As well as influencing the relevant areas, this impacts on us all. And when the suffering gets too much in their country, people start to flee, looking for another country in the hope of a better life.
Those who don't know the facts have to believe everything they are told.
Another point that shouldn't be underestimated; the population in a country with increasing education has more access to information. They no longer need to believe everything the politicians tell them, and they get wiser. This enables them to actively influence their own future.
The same chances for everyone.
The Child & Family Foundation http://www.lyoness-cff.org/en/about-us/our-work.aspx was established in order to try and bring a bit more fairness to the world and to give disadvantaged children a chance of an education, and thus the possibility of a good life. For example, in the Philippines, there is a cooperation project at the San Roque Elementary School https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=zE9T0lRw24M . Renovating the buildings should improve the qualtiy of the teaching and life in general. Furthermore, the goal is to make the parents more aware that education creates opportunities, in order to help them escape poverty. A health and nutrition programme http://www.lyoness-cff.org/en/current-subjects/news/the-health-nutrition-program-at-the-san-roque-elementary-school-shows-more-and-more-positive-impact- and a hygiene programme http://www.lyoness-cff.org/en/current-subjects/news/a-program-has-proven-itself-hygiene-program-at-the-san-roque-elementary-school and an organic school garden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0akpQD6wsM) should help to improve the nutrition situation for the students.
Luck can be shared - without making it less.
Albert Schweitzer once said "Luck is the only thing that doubles in size when its shared". Sometimes we forget to be grateful for what we have and how well off we are, and that others don't have the same opportunities that we have.
If you're lucky enough to have been able to get a good education, or a good job that enables you to have a good quality of life, we'd be grateful if you could support our projects to give kids around the world the same opportunity.
You can help! http://www.lyoness-cff.org/en/help/donations.aspx
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Why local unrest can have global consequences