Early marriage and pregnancy cut educations short and often lead to underweight, undernourished children, as well as domestic violence.
When girls stay in school longer, they are less likely to marry before age 18 and have children early, and they’re more likely to find rewarding work after leaving school.
This, in turn, reduces the rates of prenatal and maternal mortality, and improves children’s health, too.
The ability to read also is important in educating communities about clean water and sanitation, particularly if families need to use filters or boil water before drinking it to avoid waterborne illnesses.
Knowledge gives children the power to dream of a better future and the confidence needed to pursue a full education, which in turn will help generations to come.
Education also makes a significant difference for adults, particularly when it applies to day-to-day life, including nutrition, healthcare and gender equity.
Approximately 39,000 under-aged girls marry each year, some as young as 8 or 9.
Community-wide education helps everyone understand the harm of this practice.
Education in all different forms is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
It has an uplifting effect on other aspects of society that may seem totally unrelated, such as girls’ education lowering the number of prenatal deaths.