Education is the key to young people lifting themselves out of poverty. It gives them the skills that enable them to improve their own wellbeing and economic situation.

Half of the world’s population lives on $2.50 or less per day and with adults working hard for very little, they struggle to provide for their growing families. They can’t afford to send their children to school, so they send them to work instead to earn extra income and in total, about 166 million children worldwide are forced to work.

In the UK, too, their education affects children’s lives. The poorest children do less well at school than their better off peers and low educational attainment is linked to low pay and unemployment.

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