My name is Ali, and I want to tell you my story. When I was a young boy, I was given the opportunity to attend school. My father did not have the opportunity and so he could not read and he was cheated out of his home. He could not get any help because he could not read. He couldn’t even read a holy book. But then these foreigners came to my village.
You see how slowly I look at each word and how slowly I make the sounds. I am old but I finally got the opportunity to learn to read and I am so proud. I feel like I am a king and I have been given the keys to a great empire. I have learned so much since I came to read.
Now I can read the holy book these people gave me and I can learn so much more. Now I can learn about anything I want to. I have been given some books from my new friends and I learn every day. And now, instead of staying in the poor house, I want to be an accountant and I will help my family. I am very proud of what I have accomplished and I am so thankful to my supporters who gave me an opportunity.
When I learned to read, I was given wings, and now I can fly.
An educationally deprived person is an individual whose schooling is judged to be qualitatively or quantitatively inferior as compared with what is considered necessary for achievement in a particular society.  Reasons for a disadvantage in education may include: gender, poverty, early marriages, child labor, religion, worldview. The educationally disadvantaged are often offered fewer opportunities than those with formal education or with recognized qualifications.
According to the most recently available data, just 17.5% of Afghani women and 40% of Pakistani women were literate, compared to 43% and 69% of men, respectively. 
A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. 
Children raised in poor households often fail to learn healthy and appropriate emotional responses to everyday situations. These families fail to stabilize their children's behavior and provide the core guidance needed to build lifelong social skills. Some people may interpret the student's emotional and social deficits as a lack of respect or manners when the child simply has a narrower range of appropriate emotional responses.
Where an increase in educational achievement is obtained communities have lower rates of youth crime and experience less overall poverty.
The world’s functional illiterates (someone who may have spent up to 12 years in public schools and learned to recognize some words as whole configurations but is incapable of decoding the written language ) include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them are girls.
Worldwide, only 49 percent of children of secondary school age actually attend secondary school.
The largest out-of-school population is in sub-Saharan Africa, where around 45.5 million children of primary school age are out of school.