Why focus on girls' education?

Educating a girl

creates a multiplier effect

that can positively affect earning potential, health, and future opportunities, not just for herself, but for her entire family, village, and community.

Here's how.

But in rural Africa, only 39% of girls attend secondary school, and fewer than 15% graduate from high school.

Why? Economic, social, and cultural barriers, such as:

  • Lack of family funds for tuition, fees, supplies, room and board, etc.
  • Bias toward boys
  • Overreliance on women and girls for household and farm chores
  • Undervaluing of education for girls
  • Absences due to illness or lack of menstrual supplies
  • Cultural practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation