Every girl deserves a chance to get a good education. Since 1965 World's Children has supported the neediest girls--girls who have been abandoned or orphaned. We give girls the chance to raise themselves out of poverty through education. Research shows that education is the key to ending poverty, especially for women and girls. Educated girls are more likely to have smaller, healthier families, and insist that their children also receive an education.
The gender gap persists. In India, 47% of girls still get married before reaching the legal marriage age of 18. The adult literacy rate for Indian women is only 2/3 that of their male counterparts (that is, for every 3 men who are literate, there are 2 women). World's Children supports the neediest girls--girls who have been abandoned or orphaned and we give them a chance to raise themselves out of the poverty of their birth through education.
When girls are educated, they delay marriage and childbearing, resulting in smaller, healthier families. They recognize the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. They also have more opportunities to generate income and they are more likely to invest in their families and communities to provide the same opportunities for more girls. "Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them." -UNFPA (United Nations)
An investment in girls' education yields the best return in the developing world; for each additional year of primary school a girl attends, her future earnings increase by 10-20%. And the return is even higher for secondary school - 15-25%. Educating girls doesn't just benefit families, it helps the economy. When educated women join the workforce, productivity goes up and GDP increases. If there were a silver bullet for ending the cycle of poverty, it would be girls' education.
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