Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Around the world, more than 130 million school-age girls are not in school. There are many reasons for this: millions are refugees whose education has been disrupted by war; others are prevented from continuing their education by child marriage, by the cost of education, or the need to help support their families at a young age. Limiting girls’ schooling has serious consequences, and providing them with access to education brings significant benefits not only to girls, but to their families, their societies, and the planet. More education for girls results in a stronger economy and more job creation; healthier girls, less early marriage and lower infant mortality; more stable communities with less conflict; and has been found to be the “most cost-effective and best investment against climate change.”
- Why do you think many societies do not believe it’s important to educate girls?
- Potential research topic: Choose one of the above listed reasons for girls being out of school and discuss what might be done to reduce it. Consider possible “root causes”; for example, child marriage is an established custom in some countries, but there may be economic reasons for it: if a family cannot afford to feed and care for a girl, they may try to marry her off.
- How do you feel about so many girls being denied an education? How does this information make you feel about your own educational opportunities?