Worldwide, 140 million children are out of school, and over half of those children are girls. In many developing countries around the world, parents prioritize boys' education over girls'. Education is a necessity for everyone in order to have a successful life. Statistically, women without a sufficient education are having 2.5 children over the course of their lifetime, while women with an education have, on average 1.7 children. Women with only an elementary school education know 13% more information about safe sexual practices, and thus have lower rates of sexually-transmitted diseases. Each extra year of elementary school increases a girl's wages by 10-20%, and each extra year of secondary school by 15-25%.
But educating girls doesn't only help the girls; it helps the countries succeed as well. 65 low - and middle - income countries are losing approximately $92 million each year by keeping girls out of school. When 10% more girls are sent to school, a county's GDP increases by 3%.
So, now that you know the facts about girls' education in developing countries, please stop kvetching about having a test tomorrow. You're SO lucky to be learning important skills and facts that you'll need later in life. Many girls are not allowed this basic human right. But you can make a change to help this issue. Join organizations like Girl Up and She's the First to support these girls.
Girls will change the world, I promise.
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