Education for Girls
Receiving education is one of the children’s rights, for both boys and girls. In many countries there is still a very traditional view on genders. This means that girls have to quit their education to get married and take care of her husband and their children. They miss a part of their education or some never even go to school at all. This has big influences on themselves, but also on their family, their health and the society. Educated girls earn more, are less likely to get married at a young age, and there is a greater chance that the children of an educated mother will receive education as well.
Why is girls education important?
- Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth.
- A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.
- Girls with eight years of education are 4 times less likely to marry before the age of eighteen.
- A child of a mother who can read and write is 50% more likely to reach the age of five.
What does KidsRights do?
The International Children’s Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, who has committed her efforts to fighting for education for girls. To support Malala, KidsRights has invested the Children’s Peace Price project funds 2013 in different projects in Pakistan that contribute to this theme.
KidsRights has published a report on girls education that provides more background information and data on the education of girls.