Educating Girls Around the World
While women and girls make up half of the world population, education is sadly not of equal access. There are a number of campaigns and organizations trying to tip the scales, so we are including a few ways to get involved in a brighter future for girls everywhere and some insightful statistics below.
- Girls Opportunity Alliance (Obama Foundation)
- Girl Up
Global Education Stats via UN Women
Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people.
According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent).
Every additional year of primary school increases girls' eventual wages by 10-20 percent. It also encourages them to marry later and have fewer children, and leaves them less vulnerable to violence.
While progress has been made in reducing the gender gap in urban primary school enrolment, data from 42 countries shows that rural girls are twice as likely as urban girls to be out of school.
In Pakistan a half-kilometre increase in the distance to school will decrease girls' enrolment by 20 percent. In Egypt, Indonesia and several African countries, building local schools in rural communities increased girls' enrolment.
In Cambodia, 48 percent of rural women are illiterate compared to 14 percent of rural men.
Rural women's deficits in education have long-term implications for family well-being and poverty reduction. Vast improvements have been seen in the mortality rates of children less than 5 years old since 1990, but rural rates are usually much higher than urban ones.
Data from 68 countries indicates that a woman's education is a key factor in determining a child's survival.
Children of mothers with no education in the Latin American and Caribbean region are 3.1 times more likely to die than those with mothers who have secondary or tertiary education, and 1.6 more likely to die that those whose mothers have primary-level education.