For millions around the world, poverty keeps education out of reach. As a result, families cannot improve their quality of life and break free from poverty. But access to education is one of the surest routes out of poverty according to the the United Nation’s International Institute for Educational Planning: it helps boost weak economies; it strengthens community participation in government and restores the public’s trust; it protects children from being coerced into armed service; it promotes respect for rights and nonviolence; it promotes social cohesion and nation-building; it promotes an equal society and challenges patterns of gender discrimination, oppression and violence; and it prevents environmental degradation.
Adequate access to education results in better family health and reduced rates of child malnutrition and mortality, and it gives women access to better work opportunities.
Islamic Relief makes education a priority among its long-term and development-based efforts. Projects are aimed at both adults and children and include building and equipping schools, offering literacy classes and training teachers. Many of the education projects target impoverished women and young girls, helping them break free from poverty and ensuring stability for generations to come.