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Education

Why do girls need an education?

Right now, 31 million girls around the world don’t have access to primary education. Here are the top reasons why getting girls into school is so important:

3. Educating girls improves a country’s social and economic well-being

Educating girls has benefits not just for themselves but also for their communities and countries. With a quality education, girls can make informed choices, improving their country’s social and economic well-being. 

In fact, there is a lot of evidence that countries with less gender disparity in schools are more likely to have higher economic growth. Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls at the same level as boys! 

2. Educated women are more likely to invest in the next generation

Educated women understand the value of schooling and place a high priority on providing education and better health care to their children. UNICEF reports that girls’ education literally saves millions of lives!

1. Sending a girl to school can unleash her potential

Providing a girl with one extra year of education beyond the average boosts her future wages by 20%. This has huge implications for girls in the developing world!

In 2000, world leaders promised every child free primary education by 2015. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) brings partners together to tackle education challenges in the world’s poorest countries. GPE has helped to put over 10 million girls in school! 

Help ensure that the Global Partnership for Education has the funding necessary to help all girls successfully complete primary school and go on to secondary school in a safe, supportive, learning environment. Sign our petition in support of the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment!