Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

17 October, 2019 | ADRA Europe.

Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 262 million children and teenagers didn’t go to school.

Today we are calling the global community, to take all possible steps to ensure all children can attend school, complete their education, and have a brighter future. The call for every child, everywhere, to be in school is a recognition of the value and potential of each child. All children are children of God—precious in His sight—and deserve the opportunity to live a life of dignity and purpose, free from exploitation and the shackles of poverty.

A child who is out of school is more vulnerable to human traffickers and recruitment by militias, and at increased risk of early marriage, teen pregnancy, and child labor.

The power of educating every child is profound. If all girls completed secondary education, there would be 49% fewer child deaths, 64% fewer early marriages, and 59% fewer young pregnancies, and they would earn up to 45% more than a woman with no education. Armed with an appreciation of the importance of education and the means to support her children through school, the cycle of poverty could be broken and all future generations could benefit from that education of just one girl.

Please, join us and sign the petition at These petitions will be presented to world leaders, calling on them to take more action. The petition is just one part in a sustained global campaign, launched by ADRA and supported by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, to see every child, everywhere in school by 2030.

You can sign the petition here

Why is 17 October International Day of Eradication of Poverty ?

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger. They proclaimed that poverty is a violation of human rights and affirmed the need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. These convictions are inscribed in a commemorative stone unveiled on this day. Since then, people of all backgrounds, beliefs and social origins have gathered every year on October 17th to renew their commitment and show their solidarity with the poor.