Although it’s important to provide schools for all children, focusing on girls’ education is particularly vital since they are often underrepresented and because an educated girl creates a unique ripple effect within her family and community. When girls are educated, we see economies blossoming, increases in living standards, empowered communities, and a cycle of development that generates further success for everyone.
Simply put, investing in girls’ education is not simply the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do.
How does educating girls benefit individuals and society? Check out these facts.
Every extra year of a mother’s schooling cuts infant mortality between 5% and 10%.
For every additional year of secondary school, a girl’s potential income increases by 15% to 25%
For every dollar a girl earns, she invests 90% back into her family.
An increase of only 1% in girls’ secondary education attendance adds 0.3% to a country’s GDP (i.e. more money for the country as a whole).
Overall, girls with greater education are more likely to participate in the labor force, earn more for their families, and have healthier children who also attend school.
In short, educating one girl creates a cycle of positive effects, as each subsequent generation in her family is more apt to also go to school and be contributing members of society.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, girls’ education is necessary for both ethical and practical reasons, and making it a priority can help nations and the world reach new, positive levels.
“No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind.” — US Secretary of State, John Kerry.