Education is a basic human right.

Education is the key to ending poverty.

"Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty." - UNESCO

Not only is education a basic human right, but it is the single most effective tool we have in fighting poverty. Education is the foundation for development and a fundamental part of developing communities. When people are educated they are healthier, live longer, earn more money and are able to contribute in a more meaningful way to society.

When people are educated, we see;

  • Increased health
  • Reduced child mortality rates
  • Better nutrition
  • Employment and higher wages
  • Economic growth
  • Women empowered

Education leads to powerful social change and is the key to building a society that can overcome poverty in a sustainable way.

Knowing that education can do so much to alleviate poverty and change lives means that we need to keep working to ensure all children have access to schooling.

However, globally over 58 million children do not have access to primary school education.

Solving the problem of inadequate education isn’t easy – there are many reasons why children don’t receive a primary school education.

Poverty is a central factor in why children don’t attend school.

When a family is living in poverty, there is little money to pay for school fees or buy uniforms. Education isn’t always seen as a high priority when a family can not afford to buy essentials like food.

Poverty is also a major reason why children under the age of 15 work instead of attend school, often carrying the burden of supporting their family.

For other children, there are no schools close enough to attend. Some children walk for two to three hours just to attend school.

In some cultures girls are unable to go to school because they are expected to stay home and help with chores. Others are victims of child marriage.

Conflict also represents a major barrier to children receiving an education. When travelling and attending school is unsafe due to war, civil conflict and crime children are forced to stay home.

The universal right to education requires global responsibility and action.

This means that we have a responsibility to work towards accessible and quality education for all.

International Needs Australia

Where We Work

International Needs Australia is an overseas aid and development organisation focussing on education and child rights, health and hygiene, and women’s empowerment to break the cycle of generational poverty and restore dignity to people in developing countries.

Primary school education is central to our purpose and mission, with projects in seven countries tackling the barriers to healthy, safe and educated children. Through partnering with local organisations INA is able to approach the issues particular to the communities where we work and ensure that change is locally led, driven and culturally appropriate.

Our goal is this; to make it possible for all children to go to school, help them to stay in school, and give them a quality education that opens a door to a better future.