It’s August, which means summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin. For most of us, this is an exciting time full of new friends, new school supplies, and new opportunities to learn and grow. But for many of our neighbors around the world, a lack of access to safe water prevents them from receiving a quality education. And education is crucial to escaping the cycle of poverty. In fact, just one additional year of schooling can earn individuals 10 percent higher wages in the long run.
Without safe water, children in developing countries get sick and have to miss class, or they spend the time they should be in school walking long distances to collect water for their home. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.
Easy access to safe water is the key to education.
To learn more about how water impacts education, check out this helpful article from Living Water International.
Here are some resources you can use to raise awareness in your community about the connection between safe water and education. Feel free to download these to share on social media: