The government provides free education under its Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) programs, but the poor still have trouble accessing quality education. Education is the only tool to eradicate poverty, so without educated young people, the communities will become poorer. Each additional year of educational attainment can reduce the risk of HIV infection and delay a woman’s first pregnancy. Educated women decide to have a skilled health worker present at their delivery 84% of the time — which translates to a higher chance of survival for mother and baby.
Quality education is virtually inaccessible to the poor of this region. A free school to OVC and an affordable, quality school to the community would initiate a profound change to the impoverished, ultimately catalyzing lasting benefit for generations to come. The school would provide access to quality education, library in impoverished areas, and creating new employment opportunities. This will contribute to an improvement in the over-all well-being of the community, providing hope for a better tomorrow.