There are 775 million adults in the world who cannot read.Nearly two-thirdsof them are women. Over half of the 61 million children not in primary school are girls. We need to change this.
Educating girls has benefits not just for themselves but also for their families, communities and countries. With a quality education, girls can help improve their country’s social and economic well-being.
Educating girls raises lifetime incomes for them, their families and their countries. The World Bank found in a study of 100 countries that every 1 percent increase in the proportion of women with secondary education boosted a country’s annual per capita income growth rate by about 0.3 percentage points.