Investing in education for all is critical to ending chronic poverty. Education has a profound effect on development goals such as improved health, stronger economies, peace and social cohesion. But investing in education with a focus on girls has especially significant results:
- Investing in girls’ education could boost subSaharan Africa’s agricultural output by as much as 25%
- In subSaharan Africa, there would be 14% fewer child marriages with primary education and 64% fewer child marriages with a secondary education.
- If all girls completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths saving more than 189,000 lives each year
- A child whose mother completes secondary education is 50% more likely to live past the age of five
- Educated mothers are more likely to ensure that their children are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, pneumonia, malaria and other diseases
But why is it so difficult for girls to keep up in school, to stay in school or to attend school at all? There are so many barriers girls need to overcome to access quality education. Click on the link below to find out more….http://www.one.org/international/blog/10-legitimate-reasons-for-girls-not-to-do-their-school-work/