Educated girls become strong women

Photo of the week

A girl standing with her schoolmates at the Ecole nationale Charles Belair in Fond Verrette, Haiti © GPE/Chantal Rigaud

In honor of International Woman’s Day on March 8, girls’ education has been our focus this week. However, with 31 million girls of primary school age not in school, we must make sure that this issue remains on our minds every day. In Haiti, where this picture was taken at the Ecole Nationale Charles Belair, only 52% of girls attend primary school, compared to 86% of boys.

It cannot be said enough, educating girls is a smart investment. Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys. An educated female population increases a country's productivity and fuels economic growth.

More educated women tend to be healthier, work and earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children. Girls' education literally saves millions of lives.

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Latin America and Caribbean: Haiti


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