Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls.
Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.
Below you will find 10 captivating images on some of the major forward steps being made but also the barriers that still remain within education systems worldwide.
1. African Hope
A young boy poses for a photograph at the Cradle of Humankind school in South Africa.
Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent but 57 million children remain out of school. (Source: UN.org)
2. Flying kids from Nigeria
A stunning shot taken in a small school in the North East of Nigeria where both Muslim and Christian kids learn and play together.
In the sub-Saharan, 11.07 million children leave school before completing their primary education. In South and West Asia, that number reaches 13.54 million. (Source: Do.something.org)
3. Look for Future
This photo of a child writing on a blackboard was taken in a small school in Banten, Indonesia.
4. Learning in a Koranic School
An angled shot of a child in Mali studying in a Koranic school. You can see him sitting on the ground and writing his daily notes on a wooden board.
If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (Source: CIA World Factbook)
5. School Boys
Young boys here in a small village in India are determined to get an education and provide a better life for their families.
6. Looking at the Stars
Children in Congo gaze at the stars in a small village in Congo after an activity day including arts and crafts was organized for them.
66 million girls are out of school globally (Source: UNESCO)
7. Elephants 20
A nice shot of Kenya wildlife service men in Tsavo West undergoing education in bush craft, environmental affairs and law.
In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%. (Source: dosomething.org)
8. Trek to School
Children try to cross a treacherous bridge in a small village in Indonesia. Floods, wars and nearly impossible routes can’t stop these children in their pursuit of education.
An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas. (Source: UN.org)
9. Inspiring us all
A young boy in Indonesia does his homework under a street light outside McDonalds.
According to the African Development Bank almost 620 million people – 60% of Africa's population – are without access to electricity.
10.Women and Education
Women learn to read and write at a Literacy and Post-literacy programme in Morocco.
103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women. (Source: UN.org)