I'm a little bit late writing this Compassion Blogger assignment on the topic of Back to School, but to be fair, the schools where I live were a little late starting this year too due to a strike, and today is the first full day of school this year, so I figure the timing is rather appropriate.
The school strike here started before the kids were out of school for the summer a few months ago, ending classes abruptly and the children did not receive report cards for the year. I'm not going to focus on the strike itself, nor get into the politics of it, but I will say that the one thing that upset people the most was the fact that children province-wide were not in class receiving the education that they had a right to.
And yet, in so many countries, an education is not a right, but a privilege. Children living in many of the countries where Compassion works are only able to attend school if their parents are rich enough/ For some facts about the percentage of children who cannot attend school around the world, click here.
Compassion helps these kids get an education by supplying them with things such as school supplies and primary tuition fees where needed. Many Compassion projects also help with school uniforms and the children all receive tutoring at their projects to help them get good grades, which increases their chances of furthering their education past the primary school level, something that is not common in many countries. Getting a good education is vital to those living in poverty, as it helps them to find good jobs and finally break the ties of poverty once and for all.
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