The Challenge of Children Education
"617 million young adults in the world lack basic arithmetic skills and have a minimum level of literacy."
Education is one of the main pillars to achieve sustainable development in societies. Improving education can help create innovative solutions to major global problems, and significantly improve the quality of life for people throughout the world. However, despite the importance of education, the United Nations reported that there are currently more than 265 million children without access to school, 22% of whom are under the age of 10.
There are different barriers that prevent children and young adults access to education. First, it is important to consider the high degree of civil war and gang violence that take place in these children’s home countries. In these unsustainable situations, families are forced to flee their homes, and children, to abandon their studies. In fact, one of the main signs of safety and stability is children’s school attendance. Another factor that limits the quality and access to education is poverty. Sometimes poverty is linked to inadequate education financing policies, an excessive ratio of students to teachers, or inadequate training. This results in a lack of proper student preparation which later affects their professional and personal development. Furthermore, family disintegration also has serious effects on the education of children and young people. This usually causes emotional and psychological problems which affect performance in the teaching and learning processes. Low self-esteem, low academic performance, high dropout rates, and alterations in socal behavior both inside and outside the classroom are just a few issues seen. Finally, in many occasions, intellectual and physical disabilities impose significant barriers due to the lack of inclusive education. This can even be seen in developed countries; in Spain, there are a total of 217,416 students that need access to special education, according to data from the ONCE Foundation and Ilunion.
Aware of the education-related issues, The United Nations has included “Guaranteeing inclusive and equitable, quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all” as one of the 17 objectives set forth by the U.N. 2030 Agenda. In order to achieve this objective, Océano Solidario works on the educational development of children and young people at risk of social exclusion, promoting projects and actions aimed at providing sufficient means and capacities for their training to school-age people suffering from situations of helplessness, inequality, poverty or disability.
Océano Solidario was founded by Ocean Infrastructures Management (now under Ocean Capital Partners group) in 2016 with the aim to help children and youth in poverty or at risk of social exclusion have the opportunity for a quality education. This mission stems from the belief that education is a fundamental and necessary pillar that serves as a tool for the development of all children. Océano Solidario’s projects are made possible by our collaborators, many of whom are teachers, and our team, who are dedicated to make a difference in the lives of these children.
It all started with a trip to Myanmar in 2016, when Ko Ye, a local guide, told us about the difficulties boys from Ngakhommasan (a small village in Twante, in the Ragún province) have to be able to continue their education..
The ADEMO Foundation, based in Madrid, is dedicated to supporting and helping people with intellectual disabilities.
Our project in Senegal began after finding out about Yakaar Africa, an association that has been working in different sectors in Senegal since 2006, including health and hygiene, orchards and farms, education and culture, and local industries.
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