77 million children worldwide are not able to go to school due to lack of funds. For socially disadvantaged segments of the population like poor inhabitants of cities, AIDS orphans and the physically challenged, any access to education is often particularly difficult to obtain. The consequence of this lack of access to education is that 15 percent of those adolescents between 15 and 24 in third world countries are illiterate. Worldwide, about 781 million adolescents and adults cannot read or write; 64 percent of them are women. There is a dearth of well-trained, skilled workers in most developing countries.
UNESCO estimates that in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa alone, up to four million additional teachers are needed to make it possible for all children to receive an elementary school education. The UNHCO committee for training and education therefore tries to facilitate training for skilled workers so as to advance sustainable economic progress in third world countries.
UNHCO believes that there is no chance for human development without education. Above all, the organization is committed to training medical specialists as well as qualified medical staff. For that reason mainly, the promotion of education constitutes a special development objective for the United Healthcare Organization.