Education is one of the major keys to ensuring that we win the battle against poverty! In Links a great deal of our focus is on empowering people through our training in every area from healthcare, to justice, to business development. However we also have a specific focus on both academic and faith based educational development. Whether ensuring that children get a great start in education, or helping to form the influential leaders in society, in Links we recognises that everything rises and falls on the investment we make into expanding people’s worldview and developing tomorrow’s leaders.
The vast majority of our partners around the world have educational projects, ranging from formal schooling to informal training programs.
When children receive an education, a basic human right, they immediately become far less susceptible to the evils that poverty breeds and are instantly empowered to go further than their parent's generation. Knowledge used correctly is power.
1. In most developing countries, public school is not free. The costs of books, uniforms, and teachers’ salaries are borne by the students’ families.
2. 67 million primary-school-age children are still denied the right to education.
3. As much as 115 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school.
4. More than 226 million children do not attend secondary school.
5. Illiteracy is highest amongst females. In more than 20 developing countries, illiteracy rates amongst women exceed 70%.
6. Educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection, human trafficking and other forms of exploitation and more likely to marry later and have fewer children.
7. In developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10.8%. When women and girls receive an income, they re-invest 90% of their income into their families,as opposed to 30-40% for men.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (NelsonMandela)
Another key area of our work is developing leaders both within communities and within The Church. Over the years we have been privileged to be able to extend our leadership training to local leaders, such as tribal Chiefs in Africa and the Amazon, to local government officials and leadership groups within cities.
As followers of Jesus we believe that His life reveals the essence of genuine leadership. Qualities such as servanthood, living out of love and humility as opposed to fear and pride produce cultures and communities where people are able to grow and flourish. This kind of leadership adds both value to oneself and also to all those around.
In Links our aim is to raise up servant leaders, who will confront the status quo. It has been exciting to see how villages and Chiefdoms have been transformed as local government, Chiefs and Head Tribesman have all grown in honesty, integrity, stewardship and servanthood. When leaders develop their skills and ability, the whole culture follows!
We believe that the world needs more servants who will take the lead and more leaders who will be willing to serve. Clearly an educated world is a healthier and more humane world for all.
Will you join us to help create that world?