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, according to United Nations data, there are currently more than 265 million children without access to school, 22% of them are under the age of 10.
There are different barriers that prevent children and young adults from accessing education. First, it is important to consider the high degree of violence, due to civil wars, and gang violence that take place in the places in which these children live. In these unsustainable situations, families are forced to flee their homes, and children 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 psychological problems which affect performance in the teaching and learning process: low self-esteem, low academic performance, high dropout rates, and alterations in social behavior both inside and outside the classroom.Finally, in many occasions, intellectual and physical disabilities within children 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 problems related to education, the United Nations has included as one of the 17 objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda “Guaranteeing inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all”.In order to contribute to the achievement of this objective, Oceano 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.
Founded in 2016, Oceano Solidario works to provide at-risk children and youth access to quality education.The Foundation began out of a feeling of love and compassion for others and a deep desire to help those who need it, through the investment of our teams time and work. Oceano Solidario was founded by the financial consulting firm Ocean Infrastructures Management (OIM), belonging to the Ocean Capital Partners group, in order to give a sense of purpose to their professional activity and give back to society. As a main part of OIM’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the company offers its team the possibility of contributing their time, efforts, and capacities to work for a better, more equitable world. Based on these principles, Oceano Solidario works so that children and youth in situations of poverty or risk of social exclusion have access to quality education. The choice of this foundational goal arises from the teaching vocation of several of our collaborators, as well as the belief that education is a fundamental and necessary pillar for the development of all children. Education is, therefore, an undoubted opportunity for progress, being the best way to help a group give them tools for their development.
It all started with a trip to Myanmar in 2016 when Ko Ye, a local guide, told us about the problems that the boys from Ngakhommasan, a small village in Twante, a town belonging to the Ragún province, had to continue their training.
The ADEMO Foundation, based in Madrid, is dedicated to supporting and giving opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities, so that they can develop a life project enhancing all their abilities and promoting their inclusion as citizens with full rights.
The possibility of collaborating in Senegal arises after meeting Yakaar Africa, an association that has been working in the country since 2006 in different areas: health and hygiene, orchards and farms, education and culture and local industries.
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