Ending Poverty through Education

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In commemoration of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty October 17, the Scientology Newsroom features a team of volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Milan and their work with children in Western Africa.

For the past eight years, United for Africa has been building schools and providing school supplies and educational materials to villages in Ghana.

The UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is October 17. Poverty is a harsh reality in Western Africa: In Ghana, nearly 30 percent live below the poverty line and in Togo it is almost 40 percent. Those who have no formal education are far more likely to suffer from poverty than those who do. Eight years ago, the Church of Scientology of Milan and the Association of Human Rights and Tolerance of Italy founded a program called United for Africa based on Article 26 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to education. United for Africa raises money to build schools and provide teacher training, educational materials and school supplies. Through their work, they are helping to eradicate poverty at its source.

United for Africa has built and opened three schools in Ghana. They hired local companies and artisans to build schools and purchased all raw materials and school supplies and furniture fro local merchants. They involve the community in every aspect of the planning and construction so the school truly belongs to them.

So far, the volunteers have built and opened three schools in Ghana villages. To ensure the greatest positive impact on the communities, they hire local companies and artisans to build the schools and purchased all raw materials and school supplies and furniture from local merchants. The community is involved in every aspect of the planning and construction. It truly belongs to them.

The group also provides existing schools with materials and equipment: teaching materials, notebooks, library books, erasers—even computers. And they train teachers on Study Technology—technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard for learning how to learn any subject.

Human rights were the launching point of their campaign and it continues to take the spotlight in much of what they do. For youth to demand their rights and defend the rights of others, they need to understand what human rights are. So the team provides teachers with human rights educational materials and trains them on the curriculum developed by United for Human Rights, an initiative supported by the Church of Scientology.

Inspired by the words of L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of the Scientology religion, that “a being is only as valuable as he can serve others,” the Church of Scientology and its members sponsor secular education programs that effectively curb drug abuse, instill tolerance, raise awareness of human rights and uplift morality across whole populations.

A series of video presentations have been published on the Scientology website and the YouTube Scientology channel.

To provide more information on these initiatives, the Church has published a new brochure, Voice for Humanity—Real People, Real Help. To learn more, visit the Scientology website.

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