This post was sponsored by Live the Give and I received 1 item for review. But, as always, all views are genuinely mine and products are genuinely loved.
The importance of education has been quite literally proclaimed throughout history:
- “The direction in which education start, a man will determine his future in life.” – Plato, Classical Greece philosopher
- “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States, author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat
- “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver, American botanist and inventor
- “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X, minister and human rights activist
- “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela, South African President, anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist
- “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” – Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, and seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations
- “There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it’s just one, and it’s education.” – Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize laureate and activist for female education
I could go on and on (and on). Education is often touted as a basic human right, the great equalizer and the key to the future. Yet despite this, millions of children across the world are denied their right to education. According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 263 million children, adolescents and youth between the ages of 6 and 17 were out of school for the school year ending in 2015. To put that into perspective, if these children made up their own country, it would be the 5th most populated country in the world (right between Indonesia, coming in just a hair above 263 million, and Brazil at 211 million, BT-dubs).
And there are some serious disparities within those numbers when it comes to the rich and poor. Approximately 1 in 4 young people in lower-middle income countries is illiterate, 2/3 of those being women. And of that 263 million children that didn’t go to school in 2015, approximately 191 of them live in developing countries that are fragile or affected by conflict.
And unfortunately, restricted access to education is one of the surest ways of transmitting poverty from generation to generation.
But the funny thing is, all those wise people at the beginning of this post? Well, they were right — education really is the answer. Education can be the catalyst that pulls not just families, but also communities, out of the cycle of poverty. First of all, education clearly helps people make healthier and smarter decisions about their children, their livelihoods and the way they live.
But it is also very much an economic issue. If all students in low-income countries gained basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. And according to the UNESCO report EDUCATION COUNTS Towards the Millennium Development Goals, one extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%. That means each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%.
And educating women has benefits that are even more far reaching. It is estimated that some countries lose more than US$1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. For one thing, girls and women who receive an education are less likely to become infected with HIV and are less vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. In addition, a woman’s earning potential can be up to 20% higher for every year of schooling she completes. Studies have shown that women reinvest 90 percent of their income into their family. They are more likely to marry at an older age and give birth to fewer children who are less malnourished. Children of literate women have a 50% greater chance of living past the age of five. Educated mothers are more likely to ensure that their children get an education, increasing their children’s chances of leading a more fulfilling and less impoverished life.
And all of this is why Najat Murillo founded Live the Give. Live the Give is a new e-tailer of stylish tees that aims to help end global poverty through education. “I have always wanted to help children around the world enjoy a better quality of life and a more hopeful future,” says Murillo. “I believe the best way to do that is by giving them the opportunity to be in school and by improving the quality of their education. I am determined to spread awareness of the importance of global education and the impact it has on our society.”
The company offers simple, stylish and super soft basics that give back — with $3 from every top going toward funding global education initiatives (the equivalent of one week of school for a child in a developing country, BTW).
And not only does the purchase of every top give to an A+ cause (pun 100% intended), you also get an amazing product. The tops are made of lightweight and high-quality material that is also suuuper soft. I was both amazed and delighted by how soft my Slouchy V Tee was, to the point that I didn’t want to take it off (okay, you got me, I’m still wearing it, and may continue to wear it for days on end). And the high quality material helps to keep it looking new wash after wash (after you finally take it off, of course).
All of their products are made in WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified factories — meaning they are safe, lawful, humane and ethical, so absolutely no child labor and no inhumane treatment of workers.
And in addition to supporting education, Live the Give also is doing what it can to help the environment. All Live the Give tees are eco-consciously manufactured. Currently they are made of a poly/cotton blend, but Murillo plans to include organic and recycled fibers in her line in the future.
And can we talk about the styles? Right now Live the Give offers a men’s and women’s collection with children’s and baby’s coming soon. All of their styles are flattering (can we talk about the perfect V-Neck?), stylish and versatile. And if you know me, you know I love me some versatility. You can style these puppies with your favorite jeans and bare feet (my personal fave) or dress it up with a midi skirt or wide leg trousers for work or a night out.
Um, and did I mention they’re affordable — with tanks starting at $21, tees at $25 and sweatshirts at $29, you really have no reason not to buy. But seriously, get out there and support some global education, would ya?