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.