During my entire childhood, my father dedicated the significant majority of the money to our primary education (my brother and I).
I remember long discussions between him and my mom regarding the lack of money for food and clothes. He always stated: first, the boy's education, the rest we will figure out later.
A few times we had to count on donations for basic stuff like furniture, clothes and even food sometimes.
Because of his effort, we got a high-quality education who helped both of us to get a degree in a public university. Today, we all have a better life because of his effort.
We scape poverty just because he held it tight. We are the only ones in our entire family.
He is also responsible for our strong reading habit. He always found a way to give us the opportunity to read books and comics.
Because of him, today I’m pretty sure that quality education is the best way to change the world.
PS: we live in Brazil, where the primary public education is not that good, and most of the opportunities in public universities are for those who have money and time to prepare for the tests.