Here at Live to Give, our mission is simple: We aim to equip every child around the world with a quality education. Our founder’s work as an elementary school teacher gave her firsthand understanding of the immense impact that an education can have on the life of a child. Her passion, awakened and informed by her experience in the classroom, is to empower children around the world with the knowledge and skills that will unlock a brighter future for them, their country and the world.
The Power of an Education
Nelson Mandela said it best: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The education of one child creates a positive ripple effect, and its impact reaches far beyond the child to influence her family and her country.
Unfortunately, many children today are living a life devoid of schooling. According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data, approximately 263 million children and youth are out of school. Of the 25 million children who will never learn to read or write in primary school, 15 million are girls.
Children who live in countries affected by conflict are more than twice as likely to be out of school, and refugees are five times less likely to attend. Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, 13 million children stay home from school due to conflict. Almost 9,000 schools in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen have been damaged or demolished.
Global education matters because it has been found to be the most meaningful driver of economic empowerment. It has a clear and direct impact on a child’s future salary, and each dollar spent on a child’s education yields roughly $10 to $15 of higher earnings over the child’s lifetime. Children who finish primary school are more likely to break the cycle of poverty within their generation.
Girls and women who receive an education are less likely to become infected with HIV and are less vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. Their increased earnings do not benefit only themselves, however. Studies have shown that women reinvest 90 percent of their income into their family. They are more likely to marry at an older age and give birth to fewer children who are less malnourished. Children of literate women have a 50 percent greater chance of living past the age of five. Educated mothers are more likely to ensure that their children get an education, increasing their children’s chances of leading a more fulfilling and less impoverished life.
Global education has been proven to positively impact the productivity of a country. It increases food security and contributes toward greater equality between men and women. It also increases employment opportunities for women, which in turn has been shown to decrease poverty and increase a country’s national GDP. The significance of global education cannot be understated.
The Power of Your Purchase
At Live the Give, we are putting our mission into action by donating $3 of each top toward funding global education initiatives. With every lightweight, super-soft tee that you purchase, you make a difference in the life of a child.
It costs an average of $1.18 per day per child to provide 13 years of education in a developing nation. The international funding gap is, on average, only $0.14 per day per child. Therefore, one tee helps provide one week of school for a child in a developing country.
“Let us remember,” declared Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize laureate and activist for female education, “one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” With your t-shirt purchase from Live the Give, you are contributing to that book, pen, child, and teacher — and a more promising future for the world.
263 Million Children and Youth are Out of School, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 15 July 2016.
Education and Schools, UNICEF, 2016.
Education Data, Global Partnership for Education, 10 February 2016.
Education: the Basic Building Block of Every Society, Canadian Feed the Children, 2016.
IFC Jobs Study: Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction, Findings on Gender, International Finance Corporation, January 2013.