The website that I have been following and receiving a newsletter from is Save The Children. In the Save The Children newsletter there are so many sections and information but the section on What We Do-Spotlight on Education caught my eye the most. Being that I am in the profession as an early childhood educator, I want to learn more about the education system across the world. Under this section there are subtopics such as Education around the world, Girls Education, A world with no math, counting until the cows come home, healing and education through the hearts (HEART), and many more. In the Education around the world segment it states that “many children in need around the world do not get a quality education where they can learn and develop. To advance learning, Save the Children supports education programs for children in the classroom and at home” (Save the children). Save the Children has five goals that they implement to better serve the child and their family. The goals are:
- We train teachers to engage their students through more effective teaching practices.
- We coach parents and caregivers to help their children learn early on, so they are prepared to enter school.
- We offer ways for parents and community volunteers to get kids reading and doing math outside of school hours.
- We introduce children to the power of artistic expression — drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more — to help them heal, learn and do better in school.
- We make sure that children don’t stop learning during a crisis, and we help to keep kids healthy so they don’t fall behind or drop out. (Save The Children).
Under the section Child Literacy in the US it talks about poverty. Poverty is something that effects everyone in all aspects of life. I never knew how big of an impact poverty could have on a person’s life especially when it comes to reading and education. According to their webpage, only about one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading. Also if a child by the time they reach fourth grade cannot read, that they will unlikely be able to catch up. A statement that really had me thinking had to do with poverty and children. “The outcome is even more alarming if the struggling readers happen to be among the 16 million children living in poverty across America, whose only hope at a brighter future is through education. Half of all low-income fourth-graders score below basic levels on U.S. literacy assessments. And yet, more than 60% of low-income families can’t afford to have books in their homes” (Save the Children). It is sad to see that poverty can interfere with so many different aspects of people lives especially children. Poverty is a trend or issue that unfortunately will continue to happen if we cannot find a way to reduce it or eliminate it all together. The sad thing about poverty is that it has no one person’s name on it and that it can hit at any point and time in a person’s life.
In looking through the website I discovered an article or reading on securing early education. “Save the Children Action Network knows that investing in early childhood education is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty. These investments lay the foundation for success in school, career and life. The type of environment and the quality of interaction to which children are exposed in the first five years of life greatly influence the outcomes of their adult lives” (Save the Children). The problem is that there are more than 4 million 3 and 4 year-olds who did not attend preschool in 2010-2012 and that children in middle and lower income do not have the same equal opportunities as their peers who are well off.
High-quality early childhood education is an investment this country needs to make in order to give all kids a strong start. A comprehensive, national early childhood Education Program would add $2 trillion to the annual GDP within a generation, according to the Brookings Institution. Evidence-based, high-quality early childhood education programs not only prepare children for school but also empower parents to influence their child’s academic success.
Save the Children Action Network is developing a comprehensive, national early childhood education policy. We Support efforts of the many governors, state legislatures and local officials proposing policies to improve and expand access to high-quality early learning programs for all children from birth to kindergarten. Research shows that increasing the quality of early care and education helps prepare children for greater success in school and in life through higher levels of educational attainment, career advancement and earnings.
An insight that I have gained is the importance of saving and helping children to survive from sickness and illnesses. It is sad that 5.9 million children under the age of 5 die yearly because of sicknesses that their immune systems cannot fight off. That equals about 16,000 children who die daily from being sick from preventable causes. In July of 2015, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act was introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE).
The bipartisan legislation would help save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. The bill would reach this goal by:
- Helping the U.S. government coordinate with other countries to reach the most moms and babies in need of assistance;
- Focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable populations;
- Ensuring more moms and babies have access to vital health care services needed for healthy deliveries; and
- Empowering individual families and communities with education and resources to have healthy pregnancies, deliveries and children (Save the Children)
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(Newsletter: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXGIpI4E/b.6213813/k.4C6/eNewsletter_Sign_Up/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=8rKLIXMGIpI4E&b=6213813&en=kvlQJ4ORKhlQJ3MOKcINI4NSJfLZiOSJmLYL4OSJrK9JsJ )