Global dropout rates are high, especially for girls. Around the world, more than 75% of girls currently out of school are expected never to enroll again. For those of us committed to addressing global poverty, improving education for girls may be the closest thing to eliminating the root cause.


Delay First Marriage, Delay First Birth

Unfortunately, around the world nearly 40 percent of girls will be married by 18. These girls are at greater risk of school dropout, domestic violence, and adolescent pregnancy – the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19. When a girl in a developing country receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. 

Increase Potential Lifetime Earnings

In the developing world, 42% of girls are not enrolled in school and more than 50 million girls live in poverty. This doesn't have to be the case. Research shows that education is powerful mechanism to increase future earning potential. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10-20%, while an extra year of secondary school boosts wages 15 to 25%. 

Create Change, Not Charity

Closing the gender gap to educate more girls around the world is proven to have a ripple effect throughout society. An educated girl will invest 90% of her future income in her family, compared to only 35% for a boy. This means that increasing the number of women with secondary education by just 1% can increase annual per capita economic growth by 0.3%.