“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond…”

Malala Yousafzai

This quote is a reality that everyone needs to realize. At the young age of 18, Malala is best known as the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate as she fought for the rights for young women in her native province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

If you are just joining us on our September blog journey, we are dedicating this month to help bring awareness to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be set in motion on September 27 by a global community. These Global Goals are at the core of what we do at Business Connect. We are Creating Hope Through Business, working in 35 countries; addressing the critical need for greater access to vital natural resources to help end global poverty.

A post on Girl’s Globe today provides a succinct overview of what we hope will be achieved when together — developed and developing countries, politicians, private sector leaders, civil society organizations, faith groups and others adopt a set of 17 goals that aim to take forward the job that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in motion by intensifying action to empower the poorest and the hardest to reach.

So what have we accomplished since the year 2000, when participating countries agreed to implement the Education For All (EFA) goals, which included achieving universal primary education – especially for girls, minorities and under-served kids, cutting adult literacy in half and expanding early childhood care and schooling?

Only a third of the countries achieved the six outlined aims and while most countries fell short, there were a number of notable gains over the past fifteen years. 52 percent of countries achieved universal primary education. “The world has made tremendous progress towards Education for All,” Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general, said in a statement. “Despite not meeting the 2015 deadline, millions more children are in school than would have been had the trends of the 1990s persisted.”  Still, this left 100 million children out of school.

You see, 100 million children will slip through the cracks and many will not receive a formal education. But our purpose is to bring business solutions to the poorest people of the world in ways that are sustainable, profitable, and life-changing. Although we believe education is crucial to development, you will find most of the children living at the last mile — not being able to afford a proper education and at most, only making it through primary school.

We can all do more. If you want to get involved, contact us today.


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