Education is known to be a big factor in the social conditions of a country. Many politicians talk about the importance of education, about the building of schools to support the country, but to actually do this you need to know the real value of education. How come it´s so important? Here are some facts to understand it better; maybe education could be the key of development.

Facts about your education

No country is exactly the same to the other (nor the exact opposite) ; one can be poorer or richer, most have a deep religious impact, and all these have an impact in education. In poor countries from Latin America or Africa, most children have to work and study to support their families, some of them are not going to finish primary school and will have to just dedicate to work, something that doesn’t happen so often in developed countries like France or England. Furthermore, 168 million children around the globe cannot go to school because they have to work, according to a 2012 survey.

Other factors may also occur like earthquakes or blizzards, one of the most recent was the tropical storm named Harvey that flooded part of Texas, forcing people to evacuate due to the irregular conditions. Social and political conflicts can also shift the educational agenda; many schools had to stop giving classes in Venezuela due to the riots caused by the clash between protesters and the National Guard. None of these events are on the schedule, that´s why teachers have to make do with what they´ve got, a cold fact about education many people don´t understand.

Costs and quality

Knowledge is not gained by going to school, yet many children do not have access to that simple need. In Africa, out of the 128 million school-aged children, 17 cannot attend to school.  More than room for the rest of the children, Africa´s educational system also lacks quality; it´s known that 37 out of the 127 million would learn so little that are in the same condition than the other 17 million who cannot go to school. This leaves us with over 50 million children with no basic skills to reach successful lives.

Now, it seems that if a country wants progress, the basic need their inhabitants must have to compete with the rest of the world is proper education.