Reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of any education. This has been recognised for centuries. Without these basic skills no adult will ever progress from the level of basic labourer to contributing meaningfully to the fiscal wellbeing of their family and the country as a whole. In most cases the lack of basic education will doom generations to poverty. It has been established that parental lack of education usually means that no emphasis will be placed on education for children, they are required to earn an income immediately in order to make up for the lack of higher income earners in the family. This is a cycle that must be broken.