1, 2, 3, 4, 5 …………….… 132 million.
Can you imagine how long it would take to count all the way to one hundred and thirty-two millions? Each and every one of these numbers is a girl, who, today, is not able to go to school and receive the education that’s her basic human right.
Instead, she may need to watch younger siblings, fetch water far away from her home, or help sell items at the market or on the street.
Because of this, the odds of girls being able to pull themselves and their future families out of poverty are stacked against them.
We know that educating girls works, and the data proves it. Here are 5 reasons why girls’ education is a smart investment:
- It saves lives: 190,000 mothers’ lives could be saved if all of them completed primary education.
- It promotes higher earnings: Women with primary education (partial or completed) earn up to 20% more than those with no education at all. Women with secondary education may expect to make almost twice as much, and women with tertiary education almost three times as much as those with no education.
- It helps end child marriage: If universal secondary education were achieved, it could virtually eliminate child marriage.
- It empowers: In a study done in 54 countries, women with a secondary education were 4 times less likely to lack control over household resources, suffer from domestic abuse, or be married too young, compared to women with a primary education only.
- It makes children healthier: Each extra year of schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%.