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How Can Education Help Reduce World Hunger



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For our humanitarian and philanthropic readers, if you need more reasons to understand the positive impact of a charitable act, then read our article through to the end. We’ve compiled some sound reasons as to how education can impact world hunger and some shocking facts.

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Moving along, here’s how education can help with world hunger.

It Can Teach About Contraceptives

In general, developing countries have larger populations, and this is because of multiple factors:

  • No access to education for younger women and girls
  • Lack of the distribution of contraceptives
  • Lack of education in general
  • A larger, younger population

When you have families who are impoverished because of government corruption, a dire economic state, lack of employment opportunities, and also have multiple children, a majority of these families will have problems sustaining everyone in their family. Hunger is often a common problem they face.

If women and girls in these families had more access to contraceptives and education about childbirth, they would have more chances to get out of poverty and have fewer children. Look at any statistics page on the internet, and you’ll find that developed countries have lower populations.

This is because there is awareness of the implications of having a child, the financial responsibility of having one, and so on. In developed countries, a lack of education on contraceptives is undoubtedly one of the reasons why more women are getting pregnant.

A lack of contraceptive options is also a problem that can be found in these countries. Condoms aren’t the only contraceptive devices that are available for use, and they often malfunction and break leading to accidental pregnancies.

Education Can Help Teach About Sustainability

Learning to be sustainable is not in mainstream education’s curriculum, which is, unfortunately, a massive problem not just in developing countries but in most countries all over the world. The truth of the matter is we are all dependent on the grid until we choose not to. But going off the grid isn’t something simple, nor is it an easy transition. However, it can be done.

Sustainability is broad. So, what do we mean by it? In this context, education can:

  1. Teach about knowing how to grow your food, and knowing how to harness energy through solar power. There are many more topics to consider when thinking about sustainability but these are the two main ones to consider when thinking about alleviating world hunger through education.
  2. Teach but not apply it. This type of education and knowledge could greatly benefit impoverished continents like Africa since there is a lack of support. But it’s not that easy to establish. You still need funding to be able to establish these. Charitable acts from the more fortunate, charities, and so on are their biggest bets for funding, but these aren’t stable sources.

So, while it can enlighten those in the starving communities in question, they would still need to secure funding from some type of source, which is not at all easy for those who are already trying to survive. In this case, the government is completely at fault and responsible for its suffering people. No amount of education can be applied without the necessary tools to apply it.

Education Can Raise Awareness

For both developed countries and developing countries, an educated populace can be made aware of the problems of world hunger. Awareness is of course the first step to change if a person does choose to act. Voluntary groups exist across the globe to help those in need, and NGO positions can be filled by almost anyone if they applied themselves.

However, there’s a startling fact published by Oxfam in 2015 before an important meeting of The World Economic Forum:

“The combined wealth of the 1% will surpass the wealth of the 99% by 2016…”

Please consider this and have it in mind. We don’t know how accurate Oxfam’s revelation is from this publication; however, they did mention that they sourced this data from Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook, and it’s not hard to imagine.

Wealthy whales like Elon Musk, or Warren Buffett, who are publicly known as billionaires, don’t even touch the wealth of these 1% elites. And most of these billionaires could solve world hunger and still have enough money left to be “filthy rich.”

This is a shockingly sad revelation about us human beings. Those who seem to have a lot of wealth only want more and do not care enough to distribute their fortunes to help those in critical need. So, it’s up to the generous wealthy and the common people to help out our fellow human beings who are starving.

This isn’t an easy feat, but doing something charitable when you can, can mean a lot. We’re not suggesting that many people can do this because a lot of people live without enough finances to be helping the poor. Still, those with the finances should reconsider doing good for the unfortunate.

Education Can Motivate

Educated spirits can trailblaze a path of selfless action. That is the gift knowledge can bring to those who are courageous and of sound heart and mind. For example, a 48-year-old entrepreneur named Salma Okonkwo from Ghana has built an empire for solar power; she wants to provide employment and solar power to Ghana.

And she states the blatant indifference of the wealthy and powerful once again, saying, “Multinational companies come in, invest little, sell their products for profit, then leave.”

Final Thoughts

World hunger is a painful, ongoing crisis that plagues the most vulnerable and exploited in our world. As much as we’re disappointed to know that those who have the power to change it in an instant won’t, we hope this article helps motivate those of us who want to make a change or who want to help in any way they can.

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