Why Girls?


“We know firsthand the power of a secondary education, and we won’t be deterred. When we imagine the power of all our sisters standing together on the shoulders of a quality education — our joy knows no bounds” – Malala Yousafazi

62 million girls around the world are not in schoolSave the Children

Kenya has the 8th highest population of school-aged children out of school in the world. UNESCO

83 percent of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa not enrolled in secondary schools. UNESCO

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. Girl Effect

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“Investing in girls is the smart thing to do. It is also the right thing to do.” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank

The proportion of women with a secondary education would reduce average fertility rates from 5.3 to 3.9 children per woman. Plan USA

In rural Kenya, the odds that children whose mothers had at least secondary education had slept under a net were up to 3 times as high as those whose mothers were not educated. UNESCO

Educated mothers immunize their children 50 percent more often than mothers who are not educated. UNESCO

43% of the reduction of hunger that occurred between 1970-1995 was attributable to progress in women’s education. FAO

Educating girls also tends to promote democracy and their political participation. UNESCO

Educated girls are less likely to experience female genital mutilation or subject their daughters to it. UNESCO

An extra year of primary schooling raises a woman’s eventual wages income by 10%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%. Girl Effect

Girls and women spend 90% of their earned income on their families, compared with 30% to 40% among males. Girl Effect

The most significant asset for girls’ economic empowerment is secondary education. Girls who attend secondary school make $2,000 more per year than girls who attend primary school. Multiply that by 1.6 million out-of-school girls in Kenya and there’s a potential $3.2 billion increase in national income. Plan USA

If women farmers in Kenya had the same education and inputs as men farmers, crop yields could rise by 22%. Plan USA

When 10% or more of its girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases by 3%Take Part

Girls with secondary schooling are up to 6 times less likely to marry as children compared to girls who have little or no education. USAID

A girl with 7 years of education marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer childrenUNESCO

A child is 40 percent more likely to live past the age of five if its mother has a basic education. UNESCO

“When women and girls have the tools to shape their own future, they will advance development for all.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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