One of the most effective ways to improve living conditions and opportunities in an underprivileged area is to build a school. Schools provide structure, consistency and skills that help children thrive. Non-profit charities and foundations bring materials, expertise and compassion to under-served areas of the world in hopes of bettering people.
Many people around the world take their abilities to read and write for granted. Unfortunately, literacy is a privilege, but it should be a basic tenet of humanity. The skills — both social and technical — that children learn in school lead to their self-sufficiency and ability to improve their communities as adults.
CO-ID Australia, led by Fred Hyde, builds schools on Bhola Island in Bangladesh. Each CO-ID Australia school serves 300 children with hopes of instilling literacy and lifting them out of poverty. In total, CO-ID has helped educate over 60,000 children.
The Agrawal Family Foundation, an American charity, builds schools in India. After being intimately involved in setting up math programs in Africa for decades, the Agrawal family now works to empower children and young women. Innovative technology and education are the focus of their development efforts.
Build A School has built schools in Malawi and in India, focusing on both education and sustainability. After each school is built, it’s given to the community and the local government provides both the teachers and materials. Their sustainability approach means that projects serve the immediate needs of the community while ensuring that future generations can meet their own needs.
Parents around the world have hopes for their children. Charities such as CO-ID, the Agrawal Family Foundation, and Build A school work tirelessly to help those parents realize their dreams of better lives for their children. Children are precious resources that, with proper care and education, can improve the world.