By: Christa Davis

Summer has flown by, and it’s that time of year again: back to school! As children skip through shopping aisles to select their new school gear, parents bemoan another year of rising school costs. In America, it’s becoming increasingly expensive to send a child to school, but how do our school costs compare to the rest of the world?

The statistics portray a bleak picture on the status of education around the world. While school costs in developing countries are the same or less expensive than in America, many of these families live in poverty and off a fraction of the average American family’s salary.

Many children complete primary school, but can’t afford the costs of secondary school. Students enrolled in school often do not learn well in overcrowded classrooms and without proper meals or school materials. These obstacles have detrimental long-term effects. Without a quality education, people have a harder time earning a substantial income, and the cycle of poverty continues in families and communities.

A quality secondary education empowers individuals to improve their livelihoods, secure their family’s future and raise the standard of living in their communities.

We are committed to improving the accessibility of education for all children around the world with programs like:

  • Food for Education. FFE provides daily school meals for students and works with school districts to identify and address barriers to education for children.
  • Women Empowered. WE empowers women socially and economically. Some women use their new business skills to earn money that pays for the costs of sending their children to school.

In honor of Back to School season, we ask you to think of the children who will not be returning to school this September. Together with your support, we can #OpentheDoor to give these millions of children an education and a brighter future.

Donate today to help transform lives around the world.

Christa Davis is a Development and Marketing Coordinator for PCI.