How does poverty affect education?

Poverty drastically impacts education, just as education drastically impacts poverty. People living in poverty are often limited to menial and low-paying jobs, which in turn makes education difficult to afford.

How does poverty affect education?
Here are some ways:


Education is not a top priority


For many who live in poverty, education is not a priority. The parents may not have received an education, so they place very little value on learning. They may not understand the way education can help bring their family out of poverty. They may feel that the jobs available to locals do not require an education.

There is no time for school


Parents may need their children to work or beg in order to feed everyone in the family. There simply isn’t time to do that and go to school. Other children have the task of walking long distances to gather water, leaving no time for school.

It is too expensive


Some families cannot afford school or the necessary uniforms and supplies.

Marriage can pre-empt an education


Around 12 million1 girls marry before the age of 18. In some cultures, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, marriage is more of a priority than education.

Disabilities keep kids out of school


“Of the 100 million or so children around the world with a disability, 80% of them are in developing countries. In these countries, 40% of children with disabilities don’t go to primary school and 55% are not in secondary education.”1

Gender preferences impact girls


The United Nations estimates that 130 million girls (ages 6-17) are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age will never enter a classroom.1 This is a major issue in sub-Saharan Africa.

Distance can be an obstacle


Children in many villages are required to walk or ride long distances to school. Those distances are detrimental to children going to school.

Poverty doesn’t have to be a detriment to education. At GFA World, we are making it possible for children to be enrolled in our child sponsorship program. Children are blessed through community-wide solutions such as assistance against malnutrition, access to clean water, income-generating activities, and more. This support helps to relieve financial stress so that children can learn and grow.

120 reasons why, in 2020, there are still 260m children out of school. Relief Web. https://reliefweb.int/report/world/20-reasons-why-2020-there-are-still-260m-children-out-school