72 million primary school age children not in school worldwide
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    Live too far away.

    A lot of children simply live a long way from school. Four out of five children who do not go to school live in rural regions.

    Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

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    Need to work.

    Often everyone in the family has to help provide food/necessities for every day needs. 166 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 years have to work – often up to 16 hours a day.

    Source: ILO – International Labour Association

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    Can’t afford essentials.

    Tuition may be free, but many can’t afford the fees for required uniforms and supplies.

And even those that are in school often receive a poor education. Classrooms are overcrowded. Teachers are under-qualified. Schools lack adequate supplies, resources and facilities.
Education Impacts:
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    Learning to read, do simple math, reason and communicate helps people make informed choices about their lives and begins to break the cycle of poverty, one person at a time.

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    Educated mothers have healthier children because they are more likely to understand and use prenatal care, assisted childbirth & postnatal care, as well as immunize their children.

    Young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV/AIDS. Education prepares and enables them to know and understand how to prevent diseases and to utilize the health services available.

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    Each additional year of schooling often translates into 10% higher wages.

    No country has ever achieved significant, continuous and rapid growth without reaching an adult literacy rate of at least 40%.

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    Education supports the growth of civil society, democracy and political stability, allowing people to learn about their rights and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise them.

    It also contributes to environmental sustainability, helping people make decisions today that don’t compromise the needs of future generations.

But, as amazing and effective as education is, it cannot bring deep, sweeping, everlasting change. Only a transformed heart can do that. Only God can transform hearts.
What does the Gospel do?
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    Penetrates the Heart.

    The Gospel summons hearts to God’s call for repentance. God’s redemption of all things through Jesus Christ reveals how they can be part of this grand story, impacting their families and communities, today and for eternity.

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    Restores Relationship.

    Poverty is about more than material things. EduDeo wants to help children, families and communities escape physical poverty, but we know the deeper issue for all of us is restoring our broken relationships with God, others and creation.

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    Brings new life and joy.

    God transforms lives every day. By leading people to trust in His Son, He brings them out of emptiness into new life and joy. This rebirth marks the beginning of a life of transformation.

So what does edudeo do?
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    Enabling students to break past the barriers that prevent them from attending school is fundamental to ensuring they benefit from a quality, Christian education! We fund scholarships that our partners offer to vulnerable children so that they have the opportunity to attend a Christian school.

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    Training is one of the greatest needs of teachers in developing countries and directly affects the quality and Christ-centeredness of the education given. We fund teacher training initiatives and send volunteer educators through the Walking Together program to facilitate workshops on teaching methods, developing Christ-centred curriculum, servant leadership and how to integrate a foundational Biblical worldview.

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    A safe and pleasant learning environment is essential to quality, Christian education. We fund construction projects and send volunteer HANDS mission teams to assist with building, maintaining and improving school facilities such as classrooms, science labs and recreation areas.

What that really looks like
Nona* lost both parents to AIDS at a very young age and now lives with relatives who can’t afford to send her to school. Without hope, her future seems bleak.
  1. Nona receives a scholarship for vulnerable children and begins attending the local Christian school.
  2. Impacted by the kindness and dedication of her teachers and the Gospel message they teach, Nona begins attending the local church, accepts Christ and is baptised.
  3. Nona continues her education and gets involved in helping teach the after-school English language program for adults. Her relatives start attending. They also start attending church.
  4. Close to graduation, Nona learns about a new requirement she needs in Science. Her worries are put to rest when a volunteer HANDS team helps her community build a new science lab!
  5. Nona graduates with distinction and is recognized for her involvement as a Spiritual student leader and her contribution to the after-school learning program. She is encouraged and decides to become a teacher herself.
  6. By working as an assistant teacher at her school by day and attending university by night, Nona slowly but surely earns her teaching degree. She gets hired at the school where she attended.
  7. Nona takes a Walking Together training course and learns more about teaching from a Biblical worldview. Nona and her colleagues share what they’ve learned with other teachers in their region.
  8. At home, Nona is able to help provide for her family. She immunizes her children and understands the importance of good hygiene. Her family is active in their community and local church, and send their kids to the same local Christian school she attended, continuing the cycle of transformation!
* Nona’s story is a fictional example to demonstrate the cycle of transformation that Christ-centred education sets in motion.
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