World leaders have become increasingly focused on achieving sustainable development through tackling poverty and the contributing factors that cause it to persist around the world. In a historic UN summit in September 2015 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by world leaders. Three of the seventeen were No Poverty (#1), Quality Education (#4), and Gender Equality (#5). The UN highlights some alarming statistics:
- 57 million children remain out of school in developing countries
- More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa
- 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women
The need to tackle the lack of educational attainment in Tanzania is stark. According to the World Bank, the number of primary school age children that are out of school is on the rise, reaching 2,155,490 in 2014. The percentage of primary school age boys out of school in the same year was 22.55% (compared to 6.347% in USA), while the percentage of girls was 21.34% (compared to 5.568% in USA).
That these figures are so high and steadily climbing is a reflection of the significant hurdles that are faced in a country with 50.1% of the population under 17 years old (2012 National Census), and with approximately 28.2% of the population living below the poverty line, and 11.3% of people living in extreme poverty and deprivation (Population and Housing Census, 2012).
The national basic needs poverty line per adult was just Tanzanian Shillings 36,482 per month while national food poverty line was Tanzanian Shillings 26,085 per adult per month in 2012 (2011/12 Household Budget Survey). That’s less than 18$ a month! Find these statistics and more via the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
With supporters’ help, the House of Blue Hope charity is doing its part to reverse this lack of educational attainment, providing quality education to vulnerable young boys for the last ten years. Now the charity is expanding its ambitions to help tackle poverty, gender inequality, and educational attainment by providing vulnerable girls with the care, security, and quality education they deserve.
Can you help? If so, go to https://www.razoo.com/story/10year and give whatever you can. Remember a dollar goes a very long way to securing the future of the most vulnerable kids in Tanzania!