The Investment in Girls

A strategic investment in girls’ education in Africa reaps positive social and economic results that can impact generations within a single family and within their communities. Studies show that each year of secondary education increases a girl’s potential income by 15 to 25 percent. The evidence also suggests that a young woman with a secondary school education,

• Is less likely to marry as a teenager;
• Will participate in community life and healthy decision-making;
• Will have fewer, healthier children;
• Will encourage education for her own children.

A young girl’s success hinges upon her access to choices and to resources. If she is able to choose to go to school she will then be more apt to learn a skill, become employed, spend her income on her family, invest her savings, act in her own best interests, and benefit from her own achievements.

The cultural norm in Africa is for the parents to make the decisions for their girls – decisions as to their role in the family, decisions about their marriage, decisions about their education. As the world becomes more “flat” and these young girls have more access to media and information, they are inspired to improve their condition. The ripple effect of their ambitions could truly change their world.