Did you know that 77.6 million girls around the world are not enrolled in school?
Education brings hope and is a proven path for a better future. Yet despite this certainty that education is essential, girls and women around the world today are routinely denied access to a basic education. Sometimes this is due to cultural traditions and values; at other times it’s the result of difficult practical tradeoffs made around basic needs.
When you educate a girl, however, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. For instance, when 10 percent more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases on average by three percent. Also, children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of five.
Take a look at this infographic to see more surprising statistics that will not only inform you on the current status of girls’ education, but will also illustrate the impact of how educating a girl can be exponential and far-reaching. Girls can be the driving force to create a more stable and prosperous world.
This October join Intel and 10x10act.org in celebrating the first ever International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. Beginning October 1, Intel celebrates the heroes making a real difference in girls’ education around the world.
Spread the word: Educating girls is smart—for all of us.
Jenny is the Education Editor at TakePart. She has been writing for TakePart since 2009 and previously worked in film and television development. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles. Email Jenny | @jennyinglee | TakePart.com