In South Asia, Underprivileged Kids Are How Much More Likely to Drop out of School?

One country in South Asia is working hard to keep kids in school. In this country in South Asia country, underprivileged kids made up some of the 6,545,825 students who dropped out of school, compared with the United States number of 489,065, in the year 2020.[1]

Major progress has been made, and there is hope for kids in South Asia. In 1997, there was a worldwide peak of more than 48 million children out of school. In 2020, it dropped to just over 30 million. This is significant progress across all nations.[2]

“[One country in South Asia] has made great strides in improving access to quality education, increasing elementary school enrollment and reducing the number of out-of-school children,” reports UNICEF, a non-governmental agency committed to helping children all over the world. “These achievements have been bolstered by key laws, policies and programmes such as the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act (2009), the National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy (2013).”[3]

It’s organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, and GFA World that come alongside the hard work of local governments to address the many issues facing children. For instance, if a family is at or near the poverty line, any small issue or extra expense can send them plummeting to extreme poverty. When faced with critical decisions that affect basic survival, one of the first expenses to go is often school, school fees, or school supplies. The families may completely understand the essential benefits of schooling but be forced to decide between their children’s lives today and their future.

GFA missionaries see these situations on a daily basis, and they are looking for ways to relieve the burdens so many parents feel. GFA works together with local leaders to assess the needs of the communities they serve and find helpful solutions. GFA World knows that getting a child into its child sponsorship program can make an enormous difference for the entire family. The child will get help with school fees and supplies as well as tutoring and regular healthy meals. Each of these expenses pulls a burden off the family, while also giving the child a chance to thrive.

Sponsoring a child is only $35 a month and is a proven way to help children at risk of dropping out, or already out, of school. Not only will children get these tangible forms of assistance, but they will also receive the love and care of those who know and follow Jesus Christ, who demonstrate that God loves these children and cares about them very much. Be a sponsor today.

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[1] “Children out of school, primary. Databank.” UNESCO Institute of Statistics. World Bank. Accessed October 21, 2022. https://databank.worldbank.org/reports.aspx?source=2&series=SE.PRM.UNER&country=.
[2] “Children out of school, primary.” UNESCO Institute of Statistics. World Bank. Accessed October 21, 2022. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.PRM.UNER?end=2022&start=1970&view=chart.
[3] “Education.” UNICEF. Accessed October 21, 2022. https://www.unicef.org/india/what-we-do/education.