Many children and teens go without education every day. If you want to change that, we know an organization that can help.

About 63 million adolescents are out of school and only 37% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa complete secondary school. One extra year of secondary school can increase work wages by nearly 10%, according to The School Fund. There are countless benefits to education, and giving children and teens the opportunity to pursue one can be life changing.

Education is the building block of society. It has the power and potential to promote healthier lives by giving people the tools to stay informed about health risks, disease, obesity and pregnancy. Education creates jobs and increases technical skills, both of which have been shown to boost economic growth. Poverty, lack of resources and societal issues has contributed to decreased education access. Because of this, children are losing educational opportunity, creating the cycle of education deficiency. We can give adolescents an education to break the cycle, be innovators and change the world.

One nonprofit that aims to promote education in developing parts of the world is The School Fund (TSF). TSF is a global nonprofit that aids adolescents in developing nations in receiving an education. They work with partners across the globe to find eligible teens for funding who show ambition to better themselves and the future. TSF features these adolescents on their website and shares their story. By sharing profiles, the donor can monitor progress and see how their money is helping students. The website also features a messaging board, giving donors and students the chance to communicate directly. This creates the element of transparency between students and donors.

The School Fund has connections close to Rhode Island, specifically Brown University.  Matt Severson, founder of TSF and alumnus of Brown University works with current Brown students to continuously expand TSF and help more children access education. Since starting TSF, it is now a globally recognized organization with roots spanning the globe and helping to educate countless children.

 Food for Thought: Do you think this is a sustainable solution to break the cycle of education deficiency?

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