Every child has the right to an education, but more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school, and those who are, struggle to remain where they belong – in the classroom. And yet, it’s proven when girls achieve an education, they can lift themselves – and everyone around them – out of poverty.
The facts on girls' education
- For every extra year a girl stays in school, her income can increase by 10 to 20%
- When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer, yet healthier children
- If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths
The facts are clear. When you empower a girl through education, she’ll change the world for everyone around her. But without an education, girls are more likely to marry young, have children early, and spend their life in poverty.
So, what’s keeping girls out of school?
Many barriers stand in the way of girls receiving the quality education they deserve. Most of these obstacles are unimaginable to people here in Canada, but to girls living in the developing world, it’s a daily reality. These include:
How to get girls back in the classroom
Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative works with communities around the world to support girls’ education in the following ways:
- Provide equal access to education by developing gender-sensitive learning environments for girls
- Educate boys and men about gender equality by engaging them in promoting girls’ and women’s rights
- Keep schools safe for girls by providing them with a safe learning environment, free of violence, abuse and bullying
- Provide school feeding programs that keep girls’ stomachs full, their brains active and offer parents incentives to send their daughters to school
- Give girls financial standing, independence and income through village savings and loans associations (VSLA), vocational training programs and girls’ scholarships
- Challenge gender roles and stereotypes by running information sessions that raise awareness at home and in the community on the importance of girls’ rights and gender equality
How YOU can help
Supporting girls’ education is one of the single best investments we can make to help end poverty. It will save lives. It will transform futures. It will unleash the incredible potential of girls and their communities.
Invest in girls and change the world. Send a girl to school today.
*Sources for the statistics used on this page are referenced on the Girls' Rights Fact Sheet.