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in rural villages in Colombia. Two days a week, Soriano travels to select remote villages up to four hours each way. At each village, some 40-50 youngsters await their chance to get homework help and learn to read. According to CNN, Soriano’s hope is that people will understand the power of reading and that communities can improve from being exposed to books and diverse ideas. Soriano is quoted as saying about education “That’s how a community changes and the child becomes a good citizen and a useful person”.

After reading Soriano’s story, it led me to ponder the following questions 1) what is the current state of developing world education, what are the benefits of educating the world’s poor and how do you pay for this education?

Current state of developing world education

To truly understand the current state of education in the developing world, one can make comparisons to educational development in America. Today almost every American child finishes primary school (grades1-6) and almost all go on to secondary school (grades 7-12). However, in comparison many countries lag behind where America was in 1776, according to the center for Global Development, in Ethiopia 31% of children attend primary school, in the Sudan 53% and in Niger 30%.

Though the US is by far a highly developed nation, it currently spends roughly $6,800 a year per primary student on public education. In stark contrast, in Iran the figure is $156 per student per year, in India $64, in Laos $30, and in Rwanda $19 per student, per year.

A look around the world reflects that children and families cannot take access to primary schooling for granted, as most in the U.S. do. The luxury of Education are only useful to those who know its benefits.
nefits of poor children attending school in the developing world

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