Around the world, far too many children are not in school. Globally, 57 million primary-aged children are not in school.


Due to diverse barriers, not enough children stay in school.

Progress is being made, however slowly. Globally, primary school enrollment has increased from 84% in 1999 to 91% in 2010. However, secondary school attendance remains low – 23% in Guatemala, 54% in India and 41% in Kenya. Low rates are due to limited space, low value on education, and the high costs of secondary school.


Millions of children who are in school are not learning.

National education systems are overwhelmed in the race towards universal access to education. Classrooms are too full and educators are ill-equipped, poorly paid, and inadequately supported. Scores show that most students are not gaining the minimum literacy and numeracy skills during primary school, causing parents to question the value of their children continuing to attend.  


Quality education drives economic and social change.

Education has significant social and economic returns.  But simply the number of years in school is not enough. It is the acquisition of knowledge and skills (cognitive and behavioral) achieved through quality education, rather than schooling alone that promotes employ-ability, productivity and growth.


Investing $1 into education generates a $10-$15 social & economic return


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%.