The Importance Of Universal Primary Education

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Achieving universal primary education is the most important millennium development goal. In 2001 when the world powers created the millennium development goals there was an estimated 115 million children who were deprived of the right to education with the majority of them being women. This is a catastrophe, a lack of universal primary education contributes to a lot of the world problems. There are many nations that have worked toward the millennium development goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. Ethiopia is an example of a nation that is set to achieve universal primary education at the deadline, though there is still many obstacles they must overcome to achieve this. Many other nations still have a majority of their youth …show more content…
Millions of people don’t have access to education in the developing world and the majority of these people are women. In many countries women are discouraged from getting educated and are instead are left as housewives. By creating universal education all girls will finally have access to education. Education also helps bring gender equality by controlling how many children women have. Woman that aren’t educated usually become housewives and have many children but when woman are educated they usually have less children. Woman who are educated and can get jobs also have more power in society because they can be independent instead of relying on their husbands. Educated females also benefits society as a whole because educated woman often have fewer children with higher survival rates. Educated woman are more likely to educate their own children including females. In many countries in the developing world women endure domestic violence and face rape and beatings during civil unrest. Universal education can solve this problem because if more women are being educated they can be placed in positions where they can pass policies to reduce violence against women. Many educated women in power have already done this, in fact Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made women’s rights a national issue (Mihelic 2008, 394). Achieving Universal Education will help developing nations make strides in fixing gender …show more content…
Child Mortality rates in the developing world are shockingly low. Infants in the developing world are much less likely to survive than infants in the developed world. Children in these countries are dying from diseases like malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS. Malnutrition and the lack of safe water are also major causes for these infants death. All of these preventable deaths could end if there was universal education. If people in these developed countries had better jobs they could afford to give their families adequate food and nutrition. An educated populous is also much less susceptible to diseases like measles and HIV/AIDs since they know how to avoid catching these diseases. Uneducated girls are more vulnerable to deadly sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS. HIV spreads twice as fast among uneducated girls because they are not knowledgeable on safe sex. If children have free access to sexual education they will be less likely to engage in unprotected sex which will lower the amount of people who get infected with deadly STDs like Aids. With Universal Primary education all over the world we can improve people’s quality of life and stop preventable deaths. A major reason why children mortality rates are low in the developing world is because of female genital mutilation. Due to this practice many women and their offspring die

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