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The Global Crisis of Education Disparity

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The right to an education is one of the most fundamentally engrained rights that we in the UK are familiar with. The sad truth, however, is that to many across the globe, education is nothing more than a forlorn dream.

Education disparity affects countries all over the world, including some surprising locations.

The United States has recently been unearthed as having some of the most prominently obvious gaps between those who receive a good education and those who do not.

Data collection from the US Education Department – taken in 2016 – revealed that African-American and Latino students still suffer at the hands of the state in terms of their education. It also alarmingly revealed that 6.5 million students are guilty of chronic absenteeism and that black children have a much higher rate of suspension than other races.

Unfortunately, it would seem the view of W.E.B Du Bois that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the colour line” has regrettably carried forward to the 21st century. It remains an imminent problem, even in the present day.

It goes without saying, but the US is not the only guilty party for its poor standards of education; many countries around the earth – including Somalia, Haiti, Comoros and Ethiopia – see less than half of their populations attend even primary school. Moreover, further education is nothing more than a distant reverie.

The Independent would go as far as to declare Somalia as “the worst place to go to school.” Girls are much less likely to attend school than boys. And even then many do not fair past basic level primary school education.

All of this, unfortunately, means that a huge portion of the world’s population is unable to read and write to a basic level or has very little numerical understanding.

So where does this concerning gap in education lead?

In the short-term that far too many children will miss the opportunity to gain a beneficial education. This at a time when their information retention and imagination capacity are at their highest levels. Even the most intelligent amongst them will lack the fundamental knowledge which accompanies such talents. Many will miss out on being able to use their abilities to aid others.

The more daunting implications in the longer term are that the education gap will in turn coincide with the ever-expanding wealth gap inflicted upon the world we know.

Those who could not access a full education are, therefore, much less likely to be accepted for higher paid jobs and opportunities. This means that even those with the ambition and drive to reach such goals will never achieve these due to education disparity.

At present, education runs on an ever-turning wheel that often sees entitlement going to those who are better off due to the privileged education they would have received earlier in life.

And on the wheel turns, unable and unwilling to allow for any anomalies.

Thus the only way to beat the crisis is to break the wheel. This is something which many founded charities are working tirelessly towards every day.

Maybe one day the world will see a fair system for all and the very wheel that plays into the hands of some, but holds back many more, will no longer control the way in which schooling runs.

One dearly hopes that in a not too distant future, crucial education will become more accessible to those who need it most.

Global Seven News

Jessica Pardoe