Why girls’ education matters

With 31 million girls of primary school age out of school, and 17 million expected never to enter school at all, the situation for girls’ education desperately needs addressing. But why does it matter? This Friday is International Day of the Girl Child, where individuals and organisations around the globe will be coming together to highlight the plight of the girl child and to make demands for improvements in girls’ education. We are joining the call by highlighting the enormous benefit that education has on improving the lives of girls and women, and the lives of those around them.

For a large number of girls, getting a good education can be a matter of life or death. For many others it affects their health and that of their families, their rights to equal employment opportunities and pay, and their chance to marry later and to choose when and how many children they have.

As this photo and infographic board shows, educating girls can transform societies for the better. For more information, download our Girls’ Education Factsheet and see our Education Transforms website.

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9 Responses to Why girls’ education matters

  1. thamap says:

    Education is very important in life. Government encourages all girls to have the opportunity to study for a better future for the country.

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  2. Please never forget that girls with disabilties are one third of those who are still excluded from school.
    When countries like Pakistan and Nigeria make commitments to provide at least free primary education to millions more more chilldren, as they have recently done in response to international pressure, they should also make a commitment to children with disabilities.
    When the President of Uganda made a commitment to provide free primary education to four chilldren in every family in the 1990s, he gave first priority to children with disabilities because they would otherwise be overlooked. Many were able to attend school, despite shortage of teachers and unsuitable buildings. Uganda still has a strong commitment to people with disabilties, some of whom are Members of Parliament.
    Now that we have the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the 137 countries that have ratified it have made a commitment in international law to make the whole of their education system accessible to people with disabilities.
    Whether they do so now depends on the strength of public demand and on internet campaigns such as Avaaz (http://www.avaaz.org which produced millions of signatures in 24 hours following Malala’s speech to the UN which led directly to Pakistan’s commitment.

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  3. Vincent says:

    The education of women is undeniably very important, the example of Malala Yousafzai’s actions in favor of that are really interesting to follow ! Will she get the nobel peace price ? Future will tell us !

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  4. when you educate the woman you educate the nation, girls are the women of tomorrow so why should I not support the idea of Girls Education.

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  5. Mikemilton says:

    because now girls need more space and they not like to stay in home only but they want to fly and if they are educated than surely they never come back in any field. so girls education is must important..

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  7. Educating the girls nowadays are as important as educating the boys because girls as of now are one of the assets and playing big roles in the society. Most of the girls now are working and some of them had become presidents of some countries.

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  8. Education for girls is such a vital element of a successful household as well as a successful society, educating girls means educating a generation. The knowledge that they learn, they are then able to pass on as mothers.

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