Education is the single most important factor contributing to national economic growth.
— World Bank

EDUCATION.

Justice Rising builds schools in nations of conflict to decrease the effects of war on children and youth and raise up a generation of problem solving, critical thinking leaders.

Effects of war on children:

  • Violence.
  • Sexual Abuse.
  • Forced child marriages.
  • Illness.
  • Abduction into the army (child soldiers).
  • Trauma.
  • Hunger and malnutrition.
  • Death.

Justice Rising runs early childhood development programs, primary school classes and secondary GED program for children and youth affected the worst by the conflict.

Oftentimes, education is overlooked during times of conflict and classified as an extra luxury after food, water and shelter. Reports state however, that providing education is as crucial during times of war to create a safe environment from harm and not to stunt the development of a nation when its future is the most uncertain. 

Through education in our Justice Rising schools, we are believing that a community can recover from war faster and more efficiently and rebuild their cities more holistically for future generations.

“While all around may be in chaos, schooling can represent a state of normalcy, the ability to carry on schooling in the most difficult circumstances demonstrates confidence in the future.” – UNESCO (The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Early childhood development. 
Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age. In fact, the intake of new information is critical to the formation of active neural pathways (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000).

Cognitively:

Improves school performance.
Raises math and language abilities.
Sharpens thinking/attention skills.
Reduces special education placement.
Lowers school drop-out rates.

Socially and emotionally:

Improves and strengthen interactions with peers.
Decreases problem behaviors.
Encourages more exploratory behavior.
Helps adjustment to the demands of formal schooling.

Long-term positive results and cost savings of Early Childhood Education:

Increases lifelong earning potential.
Achieves better academic outcomes.
Lowers rates of teen pregnancy and incarceration.
Improves recruitment and retention of parents who work.

The Perry Preschool Project is a research project started in the 1960’s. Over the last 40 years, this study has compared 2 groups of African American children born in poverty and at high risk of failing in school. The children were 3 and 4 years old. Some of the children received a high quality preschool program and some children received no preschool.

The participants have been contacted and interviewed throughout the years. Data was also gathered from schools, social services, and arrest records. Now, these children are in their 40's.
The study found that those who went to preschool:

  • Had higher earnings
  • Were more likely to hold a job
  • Committed fewer crimes
  • Were more likely to have graduated from high school than those who did not have preschool

http://www.earlychildhoodnyc.org/resources/aboutECE_whyImportant.cfm

-NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute