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Everyone knows that education is important, but just how valuable is it really? Here we have ten snappy, bite-sized facts for you to tell your friends, your family, or even your government representative!

1) If all the children who are out of primary school formed a country, they would be larger than France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. That’s 67 million children! And 53% of them are girls!

2) About 40 billion hours are spent each year collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa. Do you know who’s fetching the water? Girls. Evidence has linked the lack of girls in school to the lack of basic water services.

3) It’s a shame because for every year of extra schooling you give a girl, she can increase her income by as much as 20%. That's quite a pay-rise!

 

4) So, how much more would it cost the world to provide basic education in low income countries? About $16 billion a year. That’s around 1% of what the world spent on its military in 2009. We could close the education finance gap in just six days of military spending!

5) Better than guns and bombs, paying for education makes people more prosperous. For every $1 spent on education, a further $10-$15 is generated as a result of higher growth.

6) If we do put every child behind a desk, what other benefits does the world get apart from a higher income? Well, 7 million cases of HIV/AIDS could be prevented in the next decade if every child received an education.

7) Education also helps women survive pregnancy and their children survive infancy. When they learn about personal health, hygiene, the power of immunizations, and the importance of pre-natal care, women’s life expectancy sky rockets!

9) All that education adds up. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa were educated up to a lower secondary level, we could save 1.8 million lives every year.

9) What else? Education helps promote peace and stability, not to mention teaches people to protect their environment and stave off climate change.

10) But the main advantage is that education beats poverty! One extra year of good, quality schooling for a country can increase its average GDP growth by nearly 0.5%, and lift earnings by 10%. That’s a huge leap that could lift millions out of destitution!

 

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DanielG
Thursday, February 2, 2012

All so true, if all the World only knew, They be waking with a smile, off to bed with it too,

SHML
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Educacion Internacional es lo que necesitamos para que mas Estudiantes Internacionales tenga mas y mejores oportunidades en el mundo

deanastassi
Saturday, March 19, 2011

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel”
Socrates (Ancient Greek Philosopher, 470 BC-399 BC)

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”
Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scientist and Physician, 384 BC-322 BC)

We have to re-discover our minds & our harts...

Mandy77
Sunday, March 6, 2011

http://sleeplessinamman.com/jordanian-education-system-confusing/ I stumbled upon this as well when will your system be fixed; considering how education is so important I thought the Educational system would be better! Why should someone who graduated HS have to do it over again. Harvard and Yale don't even ask for more that 3 SAT II Tests! I feel your system is making it very difficult for foreigners to even enter college and there are a numerous amount of people that are now coming back to Jordan and are going to be stuck in a rut due to the fact that your college process asks of the to re-graduate basically; it's not fair!

Chrysothemis
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For all Student Peace=Opportunity

yarad
Monday, January 24, 2011

Allow me to add that education brings us closer to equality between the sexes as well. The only way how we can do that is by educating our girls and boys from an early age that the "right reasons" why we are different. In order to do that, we have to become an open minded society, and try to bring to light our openess towards our children from an early age. The only "thing" that starts the division between the sexes is "Menstruation." Yes, this natural phenomenon is of utmost importance to society's future; it is the main key to bringing the two sexes together for the great buidling and progress of societies, and that could only be done through the proper education.
We do need to be educated in order to reach that zenith of accomplishment that a woman can do once she is in full control of her body. It is indeed a process and not an easy one, it is a journey and it has to start somewhere. Even though, some of us might think we are in control, we tend to lose ourselves sometimes or try to ignore our body’s natural calls, sadly, allowing the best parts of our gifts to pass by unnoticed, making no room for our body’s demands and letting it sink and get lost in the sea of everyday shenanigans.
I kindly ask your goodself to contact me on the below mentioned address, as I am working on a project that would bring women towards their proper status through acknowledging their natural process (menstruation). I would like to make a study on the women in the rurual areas of Jordan that might actually face difficulties during their mensturation; and even girls whom might be unabable to attend schools due to their severe bodily pain and the lack of education and communication regarding this natural and most important part of a woman's life.
Thank you,

Yara Doleh
Research Associate- Centre for women's Studies in Education
University of Toronto
yara_doleh@hotmail.com
(416)984-7300

د. هيفاء علي طيفور
Thursday, October 28, 2010

كم جلالة الملكة ملكة رائعة ومميزة .. زيارات ميدانية متواصلة ومتتابعة ...تواصل مع الميدان التربوي ولابعد الحدود ... تحفيز المعلمين والمدراء لتحفيز الميدان التربوي والوصول معهم لقمة النتائج ... باركك الرب وحماك يا جلالة الملكة الغالية وكم انت اكثر من مميزة واكثر من رائعة بمتابعاتك الكثيرة والمميزة للميدان التربوي والمدارس ... ولن انسى ما حييت قصة اكرامك لي ومنحي جائزة مميزة تحمل اسمك ويكفيني فخرا انني احمل هذه الجائزة من جلالتك وسابقى وبعون الله على العهد دائما وابدا ما حييت وسابقى اعمل بهمة ونشاط وتحقيق الهدف الا ان اموت ... واتمنى بعدها ان اكون قد حققت ما اوكل لي من اعمال تربوية ومدرسية ومجتمعية وان اكون اديت الرسالة بكل امانة وظمير وان لا اكون قد قصرت بشىء من الواجبات الموكلة لي ... اللهم وفق جميع التربويين لمى تحبة وترضاه لانهم بايدهم صناعة المستقبل الاجمل والافضل ولان بايديهم استمال رسالة الانبياء والصالحين

Umkulthoum
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Your Highness Queen Rania,

I would like to find out on how to donate to your education campaign. I am lookng to get Local schools in northwest London to get involved in organising an event in order to ensure that the messege of Global education is tackled from every angle possible since I feel it will build an awarness throughout society. I feel that local communities will make a difference and will demand change from their governments.

I would very much appreciate if someone in your team gets in touch and provides me with more information.

Kind regards,

Umkulthoum

goluhaque
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Disagree with "Education helps promote peace and stability". Educate 200 people, and have a only a single job opening? You will see the peace and stability it promotes.

r.rodas
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Your Highness Queen Rania:
Hello, my name is Rosario Rodas. I am 18 years old. I am from Guatemala, and currently I am studying International Relations at a University here in Guatemala City.
I know about your commitment with children education, nd I was wondering if you have any foundations here in Latin America, if so, I would like to know how can I help.
Analphabetism is a major problem in my country. I really think that more education for our children means a better present and future for our societies.
I await your kind reply. And get well soon!
Sincerely,
Rosario Rodas

Billbonder
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Excellent points. These are very useful in having intelligent conversations on this subject. I love how this combines facts with passion to drive the points home. Well done!

Bobgaly
Friday, July 23, 2010

Assalaamu Alaikum, Al-hamdu-lillah you are doing a great work of what ALLAH has insisted us to do. Mam i'm from india who is also working for poor people's education since we students have formed a small group in our locality we are collecting money from others and helping the poor to get proper education. I need some ideas and advices to get enough financial support to help the poor in all ways as ALLAH ordered. If you need any information about us please lemme know with details. Hoping for a positive feedback.

emieflores
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Your Highness Queen Rania:
What a great discovery. That's precisely the reason why as an educator, am looking for opportunities, as seeking philantrophic groups, who can assist me put up educational institutions here in the philippines that will uplift our out of school youth and children. ours is a developing country. THIS IS EMIE FLORES.

hisham takita
Monday, June 21, 2010

wiil it is clear that is all right but is it practically to aplay .
no because when you talk about women and education you are talking about culture changeing and it is what the world Suffer from because you cant change an undearstanding of million of years in a day or two
and when we talk about economy and it is crisis it all talk just to be true that there is no such thing that called econmy crisis it only a thing that the majer coprative invinted it to so the have the reason to fire as much employes as they can so they can increase their income . it is not about investment and also why do they think about investing their mony in education ... they will say
1 it talks alot of time
2 there is no Guarantee for the income
3 fear of that they teach some one and that one tuerns over them .
but the truth is that
1 they does not want it because it will give manychanse for othersw to gorw it deos not work out for them
2 they will have no over controll over the income of they others and the will be spearatede from them
3 this will rune every single unleagal prouduction in he world if every one know how it is .
why on milltary the anserw do you want us to be invaid but it them who promots these ideas and also who fund them
hiv and aids will where all the Medicine co. do if theres no hiv or aids who are they going to put on test .
and to come to poverty we are talking about facing one of the biggist unhealtiest indestreis of the world and it is tobaco and it is greats selling is to poor people because they till them talk a smoke it will make you feel good ...and do not forget about drugs to ......etc
so the real this if we want to spread education around the world we will have to deal wi the main issues that we are over controlled by the Industrial
ways .
and to over come it we will have to face these ideas and put a stop for them
and i am sorry your majesty for may way of words or what it sound but i am talking about the realistc view of what we face

ashley23
Sunday, May 30, 2010

You Majesty Queen Rania,
I will do all I can to help

Sincerely,
Ashley Brown, the United State

LHartgra
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Your Highness Rania,
As a well educated pedigog and multi-cultural writer, I do agree that education is the key to betterment of cultures and it's people. Through education people are able to see other points of view and make decisions about their futures simply because they know about their choices. " Knowledge is Power" is an understatement. Keeping people uneducated is a form of control. This cycle can only be broken through education and self enlightenment. Not only does education help oneself, it also empowers multicultural facets and understanding. Bless you in all you do.

Sincerely,

LDuncan Hartgraves, educator and author of Just Shades Of Brown

Maria Teresa Perez
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Distinguished Queen Rania:
Receive from Dominican Republic, a cordial greeting.
My name is Maria Teresa Perez, I'm from Dominican Republic, I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and currently I am doing a Masters in the U.S. When I see your photos and what you are doing for the children and people in need, you've become my example to follow. You are a wonderful person and worthy of admiration.
When I return to my country I intend to work with children who have no opportunity is My Greatest Desire to Contribute with the Children of my country Improving Their Living Conditions in my country and giving them opportunities to get a good education to enable them to become professionals.
It would be a great honor for me to know you and would be an honor for my country that you go there.
Sincerely Maria Teresa Perez

Phoeynix
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Knowledge is the key of the world! He who forgets that past is doomed to repeat it.

Children are our futures! Lets don't cut them short!

Timothyruddock
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Better education does not make the world a better place, better people make the world a better place. Sure education may make you more money, give you a cushy job, allow you to write snappier soundbites, but do you honestly think the world will be better off with this kind of single-minded focus on education? For example, education in the hands of mean and corrupt persons gives them the tools to write more effective and damaging articles, vastly helps to promote their self-interests at the expense of others, and lastly, gives them the air of being right (even though what they are doing is evil). Evil being the absence of good. Please allow me to rant: Now, you'll probably suggest that the best way to solve this problem is to educate more good people than bad people, right?-like majority rules. OK. So then what happens when the bad people counteract this imbalance by becoming even more educated then the good? Well your only option is to raise the bar on education, and educate to a greater level the good people. Alright, so what's to stop the bad people from raising their education too? In this scenario, the world doesn't get any better, you're simply changing the playing-field for a different venue, rather than focusing on changing the game altogether. End of rant.

TynettaM
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Education is the foundation of life and to not be able to get a decent education is scarring for the country or family you wish to represent...I am very happy that you are taking an interest not only in the education of your own people but as a child taking an interest in my education as well. With your help children who don't have a chance will be given one and they will use it to succeed and discover the greatness within them!!

deema1
Saturday, March 13, 2010

education is the core of the countries development , am really feel bad when i see some student just escape from school and their families agree with that ,am really ready to spend all my time and effort to improve the primary education in Jordan and give those student the chance to learn and discover their self and great abilities they have.

muzzammilkhan
Monday, March 1, 2010

Great efforts . Really , child education specially involving girls would go a long way in overcoming the whole gamut of problems .