- Posted October 16, 2012 by
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Do the math: Girls + Education
Educated girls mean stronger families
Girls in Nepal are often expected to stay home from school to help with the endless and arduous household chores and with raising younger siblings. Despite educational reforms undertaken in recent decades, literacy rates for girls are still significantly lower than literacy rates for boys.
Moreover, in rural areas, children aged 15 and younger account for 54% of all marriages. Girls in particular are frequently married off and sent to live in their husbands’ villages by age 13 or 14, and become mothers by their mid-teens – and again every year or two thereafter.
Educate the Children places special emphasis on helping girls in Nepal to get an education. This is because the ripple effect of educating a girl is both broad and long-lasting. Consider these facts from the Girl Effect and the United Nations Population Fund:
1. A girl who has had at least 7 years of schooling is likely to marry 4 years later and have 2.2 fewer children in her lifetime than a girl who has had less education.
2. Women use 90% of their earnings to benefit their families.
Investing in a girl’s education has a positive effect on her and on everyone around her. She will earn more, she will be better able to provide for the children she eventually has, and she will contribute in important ways to the well-being of her family and her neighbors, by participating more fully in the local economy and by engaging in community leadership roles. She will also be more confident and willing to speak up for herself, and to use her skills and strengths.
Girls + Education = Better Family!