A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. (UNESCO)
38,000 girls under the age of 18 will be married - TODAY (UNFPA)
Across the globe, in many countries, girls do not attend school or have the same access to education as boys. Worldwide, there are an estimated 66 million girls out of school. In many traditional economies, girls are subject to a heavy burden of family chores that begins in early childhood – including daily treks, often at great personal risk, to collect firewood and water. They endure high rates of sexual violence, female genital cutting, bride prices and early marriage. These are formidable barriers that block girls from fully participating in school, their local economies and their civil societies. They are traditions that steal a girl’s innocence and rob her of her dignity and basic human rights.
Educating girls is an important human rights issue in itself, but that is just part of the story. A girl who gets an education will enjoy improved overall health and ensure a brighter future for her, her family and the community in which she lives. More years in school means lower infant and maternal mortality rates, improved nutrition and overall health, decreased risk of HIV/AIDS and other diseases; an increased probability of her children attending school and higher lifetime incomes that are invested back into the community. The evidence is here and it is clear – the dividend on the investment in girls’ education has the power to affect a country’s economic productivity, health and rate of poverty. Educating a girl is like dropping a large pebble into still water; the ripple effects are broad and deep and just beginning to be truly understood.
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