Tens of thousands of girls have been victims of terrorism in Nigeria. Many have been abused physically and sexually. Thousands more have been orphaned or abandoned. Their educations have been disrupted, often permanently. Our special scholarship benefits this vulnerable group of precious girls. We cover full tuition, room & board, medical care, social & psychological support, and summer leadership summits. Scholarship recipients attend high-quality schools in various areas of the country.
Nigeria's out-of-school population is the largest in the world, and it is continues to grow. Of the staggering 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria today, the majority are girls. Girls from the poorest families in rural areas of the North West and North East regions are among the most at risk of never attending school. The Net Enrollment Rate at primary school level is 56% for girls. If all the women in Nigeria finished secondary school, child mortality would fall by about half.
Girls' education is among the most powerful forces on the planet. Educated girls are healthier and wealthier. If all girls received 12 years of high-quality education, women's lifetime earnings would increase by as much as $30 trillion, which is bigger than the entire U.S. economy. Their families benefit, too. The more education a woman has, the better equipped she is to raise healthy children. A Nigerian child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
Girls' education is good economics and the best investment for a country's national development. Educating girls enhances growth rates and reduces social disparities. Women with higher educational qualifications are more likely to be in formal wage employment than those with only primary schooling. Girls' education spurs exponential positive effects on social and economic development for generations to come. One extra year of schooling increases lifetime earnings by up to an estimated 10%.
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