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SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT | The importance of environmental issues in response to social and economic empowerment

Indoor and outdoor air pollution, poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water are major causes of child disease and mortality, meaning that many children do not complete their primary education due to absenteeism. With up to 30% of the total disease burden in developing countries due to environmental risk . Illness related to poor environmental conditions (water and air quality, pollution, toxic substances) prevents untold numbers of children from attending school. Even if children are not affected directly, they may have to stay away from school to care for a sick family member or to do the work of a sick adult. A clean and safe environment and good health are critical to achieving the goal of Education For All.