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Education is a catalyst for change, and the benefits of education – to girls, families, and communities – are clear and compelling. Finishing just one year of primary school can help raise a girl's future wages, and each additional year of schooling helps her and her family along the path to economic well-being, helping to break the cycle of poverty that affects one generation after another in the developing world. Educated girls are healthier and safer from personal violence. They have more economic options and more chances to make a stable living, reducing hunger and contributing to their nation's economy. They wait until they are older to marry, they have fewer children, and those children in turn are likely to be healthy, immunized, and educated.
All children benefit from education, but girls are in particular need. Historically, girls in developing nations have not shared the same advantages as boys, and underrepresentation in education is a major reason. Girls have less opportunity for social and economic advancement. Girls hold fewer wage-earning jobs, they have less political power, and less opportunity for public service. Girls are particularly affected by cultural practices that limit their future options, like early marriage, early child bearing, and early parenting.
Global awareness is growing, and its easier than ever to make a difference. Helping educate a girl is the fastest way to help reduce poverty, diminish hunger, and strengthen communities. Education changes lives, empowers families, and strengthens communities.