Many believe that giving girls across the world education would help eliminate global poverty. Educated women tend to marry later in life, are more likely to send their children to school, have less of a chance of dying in childbirth, are more likely to raise healthy babies, are less likely to get diseases and are more likely to be able to earn more money later in life.

By educating girls across the world the positive effects would be felt throughout society. Despite the advantages to global education for girls, millions of girls across the world are denied education. Here are five facts about girls’ education, or the lack thereof, around the world.

  1. Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.
  2. Over 77 million girls around the world do not go to either primary or secondary schools. A quarter of these girls that do not attend school are in South Asia. Almost half of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  3. For every 10 percent more girls that attend school, that country’s GDP has an average increase of 3 percent. For every one year of education a girl has, she is able to earn 20 percent more when she is an adult.
  4. The number one cause of death for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 is childbirth. Women with education have less of a chance of dying during childbirth. Over 98,000 lives would be saved if all women around the world got at least a primary education.
  5. Mothers with an education have twice the chance of sending their own children to school, perpetuating a cycle of education throughout generations.

In the United States, many take a basic primary education for granted. However, this is not a basic right that is awarded to everyone around the world. Girls especially are denied even the most basic of education.

By helping support bills like the Education for All Act (H. R. 2780,) more girls around the world could be provided with an education, helping themselves, their families and their communities live better lives.

– Lily Tyson


Sources: ABC News, GirlRising, Take Part, UNESCO, UNICEF, WomenDeliver
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