The power of education to positively transform lives and communities is immense, and this is especially true for girls. For every year a girl stays in secondary school, her income increases by 15-25%, and educated women invest 80-90% of their income into their families whereas men invest only 30-40%. Educated women have less risk of dying in childbirth, and their children have a better chance of surviving past age 5.
Despite these benefits, 62 million girls around the world are out of school, and many who are in school are not learning. Girls deserve better.
Around the world, girls and their families often sacrifice a lot to attend school. They know the value of education in improving not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Girls dream of better futures for themselves, their families, their communities. What do they hope for their future, and how will education get them there?
For International Day of the Girl, Discovery Learning Alliance is asking about A Girl’s Dream. In schools that we support, we are asking girls what opportunities education might provide. On a day when there is a lot of conversation around girls’ education, we hope this small exercise gives voice to girls’ aspirations and encouragement to one another.
Join us in celebrating International Day of the Girl by exploring #AGirlsDream!