The inspiring story of Daniel Cabrera, the 9-year-old kid who studied along the sidewalk, and his determination to pursue an education has apparently reached a level of global interest.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, described the trending snapshot of Daniel studying outside a McDonald’s as “The Heartbreaking Picture that Shines a Light on Education Plight of Millions of Children” - that millions of children around the world, despite their desire for education, do not receive sufficient support, if any.
Brown was not referring to the efforts of Daniel’s parents but from the collective actions of adults around the world. Brown shared in his article on the website of A World at School, “a global campaign working to get all children into school,” shocking facts on the decreasing trend in support for education.
“Annual aid for basic education has fallen 22% in the past four years from $4.5 billion to $3.5 billion. In case you assume education aid was too generous, the figures are just $11 per child in Guinea, $10 per child in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, $5 per child in Chad, and in Nigeria - which has the highest out-of-school population of any nation - just $4 per child. The result is that, even when international aid and domestic support are combined, only $80 per year is spent on the education of a child in a developing country, whereas $8000 is spent on the education of the typical Western child.”
He also described the hardships that Daniel’s family has went through and their continuous battles to beat the limitations set by poverty, from the death of his father to the fire that destroyed their home to how the mother supports her sons’ needs with a job at a “pungko-pungko” or a makeshift streetside food stall and selling cigarettes and candies.
It seems Daniel’s story of diligence in spite of unfavorable conditions resulted in strengthening the call for renewed attention on a worldwide dilemma. Since receiving such strong public attention, Daniel has been granted a college scholarship, school supplies, cash and even toys for him and his brother - a ripple effect from a simple photo that was taken by a passerby and uploaded to a social media site.
Photo credits: Sun.Star