Countless non-profit and charity organizations like Brighter Communities fight every single day for children’s rights and welfare in their own ways. Larger organizations such as UNICEF, the UN, and the World Health Organization are more able to tackle bigger issues and disseminate facts and strategies to improve children’s lives.
According to the United Nations, unless we make serious, accelerated efforts:
Almost 52 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthday between 2019 and 2030.
Children in sub-Saharan Africa will be 16 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children in high-income countries.
Nine out of 10 children living in extreme poverty will live in sub-Saharan Africa.
More than 60 million primary school-aged children will be out of school – roughly the same number as are out of school today.
More than half will be from sub-Saharan Africa.More than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.
For 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) served as a guiding force on solving many issues that affect the lives of children and their families. The MDGs have helped make tremendous progress in reducing child deaths, getting more children into schools, reducing extreme poverty, and more.
However, there is still a long way to go. The MDGs can only cover so much, and for many of the more pressing issues such as addressing inequalities, protecting children from violence, and fighting climate change, progress has been uneven. This is why the world leaders at the UN adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, committed to ending poverty in 2030.
Brighter Communities is especially passionate about the SDG’s 4th goal: Quality Education. 617 million children and adolescents lack minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics, so the SGD aims to provide access to inclusive education to help equip children with tools to develop innovative solutions to the world’s problems. We also want to spark children’s minds and inspire them through tech for good, talking to them about climate change, clean energy, and the limitless potential of technology.
The world’s greatest problems do not just violate children’s rights and put their futures in danger —they also foster a cycle of disadvantage and inequality throughout generations. But we can help stop this vicious cycle when we all work together.