Five Ways Education Transforms Lives
The Women Deliver conference taking place in Vancouver June 3–6 will bring together people from around the world to support women’s rights and education. Speakers include Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Development and Women and Gender Equality minister, Maryam Monsef. The conference – the largest of its kind in the world – will highlight the transformative power of girls’ education as embodied in the theme Power. Progress. Change.
This theme reflects the truth that education transforms and that girls’ education in particular empowers individuals and strengthens communities. In short, it shows that education itself can create progress and change in the world.
So why are some children still being left behind?
It’s true that a recent global push for universal education led to an impressive increase in school attendance around the world. At the primary level, many countries have achieved gender parity in enrollment.
But, notwithstanding this progress, millions continue to be excluded from school due to barriers like poverty, conflict, and in some parts of the world, gender.
Despite the fact that it is 2019, girls are often at a disadvantage. As children transition from primary to secondary school, more girls than boys are left out. For children who drop out early, even before the end of primary, girls are much less likely than boys to ever find their way back into the classroom.
In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the region with one of the highest out-of-school rate, there are just 88 girls in secondary school for every 100 boys. The map below shows the disparity for children in lower secondary school, typically age 12-14, though this map shows all children enrolled in that school level, regardless of age.
In a world where facts are sometimes discounted, we’d like to highlight five ways that girls’ education transforms lives.
As the theme for the Women Deliver conference makes clear, education strengthens and empowers individuals so that they can change their own narrative. By giving girls and women a voice, education can, indeed, transform lives.
The 60 million girls Foundation believes that every individual has the power to make a difference. That is why we support innovative education projects around the world so that girls everywhere have a chance to get ahead.