access to education

Creating or enhancing access to education enables both children and adults to overcome physical, financial, and cultural barriers that prevent them from being educated or receiving an education. The right to education is considered a human right and facilitating access to education enables the fulfillment of that right.

The following, posted by Huffington Post in June of 2011, illustrates how unequal access to education is in the United States.  

"Amid efforts in education reform, students across the country still face large disparities in educational resources and opportunities, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

Key findings from the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection reveal that of the 7,000 sampled school districts, 3,000 do not offer algebra II classes to high school students, and more than 7,300 high schools serving 2 million students do not offer calculus courses. Overall, girls are underrepresented in physics and boys are underrepresented in algebra II.

"These data show that far too many students are still not getting access to the kinds of classes, resources and opportunities they need to be successful," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement Thursday."

The Boys and Girls Club of Goshen works to fight this in several ways. First, it attempts to provide assistance to kids who need it on a daily basis after school.  The Club's learning center supplies tutors who are available to help kids with homework.  The Club also provides opportunities for college readiness and scholarships for collegiate education.  Programs like Keystone and Youth of the Year are examples of this.