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    Posted October 9, 2012 by
    San Juan City, Philippines
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Do the math: Girls + Education

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter VeronicaLon works as a teacher in the Philippines and sees first hand the invaluable skills and benefits that education brings to girls. "Just like every person in the world who has the right to education, girls have that right too," she says. "It is important for every individual to grow and be given strength through teaching, instruction and schooling." The Philippines, she says, has worked in recent years to improve the number of women in key areas traditionally dominated by men, such as construction and engineering, by offering free education for women in these key areas.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Ruth Levine is an inter-culturally accepted health economist.


    Levine helped in the structuring of an unparalleled means to making the world a better place.


    Levine said (in Educating Girls, Unlocking Development), "Compelling evidence, accumulated over the past 20 years...has led to an almost universal recognition of the importance of focusing on girls' education as part of broader development policy."


    Detailing on the reason schooling for girls is essential, she said


    "Changing the educational opportunities for particular groups in society - girls and minority groups - is perhaps the single most effective way to achieve lasting transformations. A considerable body of evidence has shown that the benefits of educating a girl is manifested in economic and social outcomes: her lifetime health, labor force participation and her income; her (future) children's health and nutrition, her community's and her nation's productivity. Most important, education can break the inter-generational transmission of poverty."


    I agree.

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