September 2017

A girl at Karanda Primary School finds out what rights she has as a child Photo Joyce Chimbi.jpg 0

There is a remedy to the significant gender gap in education sector

Numbers Speak

Research shows that each year of secondary education may reduce the likelihood of marrying before the age of 18 by at least five percent.

Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry early.  

World Bank statistics show that a child marriage is likely the cause of three to four girls having children before age 18, greatly reducing the likelihood of girls completing secondary school.

Child marriages further reduce future earnings of child brides by nine percent.

Educated girls are more likely than uneducated to use contraception and have fewer children, and a child whose mother can read is 50 percent more likely to live past age five.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), if every girl completed secondary education, sub-Saharan Africa would see 60 percent fewer pregnancies in girls under age 17.

United Nation’s education agency states that one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their monthly period. As a result, these girls lose approximately 20 percent of their education and are more likely to eventually drop out of school.

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