“Education Is A Right Not A Privilege. No Child Has To Be Left Behind And We Are Determined To Make That Happen”
~ David Twumasi-Minkah
(Founder & Continental Executive Director, The Telescope International)
Cause Overview – Why This Cause?
Education enables an upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrolment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 — nearly one fifth of the global population in that age group. Furthermore, more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.
Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91% in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped almost by half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes but still there is more to be done.
Achieving inclusive and quality education for all, reaffirms the belief that, education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.
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Why Have We Decided To Partake In This Cause?
Our objective of our Edu-Mentor Volunteerism Programme is to make as much impact as possible in our target deprived communities and we believe that education is one of the most effective ways that we impact our chosen communities. Look that these statistics:
- The UN estimates that, 617 children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics (ie, 6 out of 10 children and adolescents).
- And there is teacher shortage in Sub-Saharan Africa – 1.1 million teachers are needed in Sub-Saharan Africa for children to receive primary education.
There are several grim statistics that come up when education is mentioned. However, these two are the ones that we believe we can do something about effectively.
TTCJN members at the tertiary level are willing to dedicate some part of their time to go and augment the efforts of the teachers in the deprived basic schools. By thus, we will be able to reduce the shortfall of teachers in the deprived basic schools and also help the pupils become better in their reading and maths skills as well as other subjects.
Today, The Telescope International invites you to join us to touch lives and make impact together. Our resolve is strong and so is our commitment to see that the objectives of this cause are achieved and great impact is also made in the lives of the community members. However, the more hands we have on deck, the more the impact we can make and the more lives we can touch. Join us or support us and let’s achieve the successes together.
You can also join our efforts and take action by doing any or a combination of the following: