August 24, 2009 | Diane Johnson | Leave a comment Education is a major factor that can significantly reduce the number of people living in poverty. Currently there are 75 million children throughout the world living in poverty. They tend to live in sub-Saharan Africa and South and East Asia. And more than half of these 75 million children live in conflict-affected areas. Many of these children that never receive an education are girls. These statistics are a shocking revelation and show that improvement needs to be made. However, there are also millions of adults that are uneducated and illiterate not only in the world but in the United States. These illiterate adults that grew up in the United States have no excuse, unlike the millions of children and adults throughout the world that had no choice. These uneducated Americans have been in elementary school, junior high and even high school. Most have gone to school for over ten years and in that time frame they didn't manage to learn how to read and write. Granted many of these individuals dropped out of school but they had the opportunity to learn and chose not too. They have also had the option to go back to school and learn how to read and write. There are many organizations, churches, and individuals that offer programs to help individuals. If people are living in poverty long-term and they had the opportunity to learn and get an education and they chose not to do so; then it is their fault they are struggling. They are proud and do not want to spend the time and effort to learn. These individuals particularly in the United States, who chose not to learn their numbers and problem-solving skills should swallow their pride and go back to school. Or as most choose to do, they just float around from job to job pretending they have a normal life, while struggling to pay for their next meal. So if you're an American that decides school isn't important and playing is where their priority is at, then your future might be bleak. Let me paint a picture for you; in twenty years the individual will still have their job checking ticket stubs at the movie theatre. And instead of living at their parents house, they live in an old trailor. Oh and don't forget that for their check-up at the doctors, their wife has to take them because they cannot read or fill out the forms. Boy life sounds grand.