- Tend to marry later
- Are better paid in the workplace
- Have fewer, healthier children
- Are more likely to send their own children to school
- Are better able to protect themselves against HIV
- Assume a more active role in decision-making throughout their lives
Screen print from the Girl Effect video
Without education a girl is likely to be trapped in an early marriage which reduces her chances to develop personally and generally results in early pregnancy and birth before her body is sufficiently mature. This in its turn can lead to complications or death. Young girls rarely have any knowledge of birth control or issues such as sexually transmitted diseases/HIV. In addition, they are often married to much older men which leads to a power imbalance, frequently resulting in violence towards the young wife.
Mothers are primary educators in any setting, so educate girls and the next generation has the best possible chance of a good start.
There are of course many obstacles to education, not least of which is the availability of suitable schools. UNICEF is backing a Schools for Africa project to build child-friendly schools where they are needed. On Yummy Biscuits's blog today, you can see the difficulties that many children face.