I believe that ALL KIDS should have a chance to go to school...boys and girls! But I’ve also learned a few important things about educating girls.
First, if a family can only afford for one child to go to school they often send a boy because maybe, with some education, they’d be able to earn money for the family. Guess what! When girls receive an education everyone in their community is better off and that means...brothers, fathers, future husbands and sons. Girls can make an amazing difference in the world when they are able contribute. Here’s what I learned from girleffect.org.
“It has been shown that an educated girl will reinvest 90% of her future income in her family, compared with 35% for a boy. And yet 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty and are more likely than boys to be uneducated, to be married at a young age, and to be exposed to HIV/AIDS.”
“Less than two cents of every international development dollar goes to girls – the very people who could do the most to end poverty. As long as girls remain invisible, the world misses out on a tremendous opportunity for change.”
“When you improve a girl’s life through education, health, safety and opportunity, these changes have a positive ripple effect. As an educated mother, an active, productive citizen and a prepared employee, she is the most influential force in her community to break the cycle of poverty.”