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Making Schools Better and More Accessible

By Allison Kooser

This fall, we are exploring eduction around the world. Through a careful study of the Ahobrase Academy in Ghana, we are studying how investing in education transforms the lives of students, families and entire communities. Join us.

Full disclosure - I love school.

I have always had a soft spot for life in the classroom - reading books, learning about the world around me, discussing big ideas and searching for answers to hard questions brings me great joy. And so it's no surprise that I want this experience for everyone. I want every child to be able to go to school. And more than that, I want every child to go to a high-quality school and have the chance to not only start, but complete her education.

The question, then, is how do we get there? 

As we learned last week, the improved infrastructure of the Ahobrase Academy led to improved teacher retention and morale. And with more and better teachers, students received higher-quality educations - proven by their impressive results on national exams. This top-notch education prepares students well for their future careers and sets them on a path to success.

In addition, accessible education empowers students to stay in school longer. We know that for every additional year of education a girl receives, her future income will increase by 10%. Yet for many students around the world, school is not guaranteed. In 2010, 61 million primary school-aged children were not enrolled in school.

We invest in education because we believe that education matters.

We know that receiving a high-quality, accessible education equips a child to create a bright future for herself - empowering her to break free from the cycle of poverty.

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