Girl Child Education
There are millions of Gbagyi girls in Nigeria. who aren’t lucky enough to go to school. Here’s an insight into their lives and what we can do to help.
October 11th is UN’s International Day of the Girl Child – a day designed to highlight the rights of young girls and the unique challenges they face around the world – millions of girls are still being denied an education and face massive obstacles on their journeys to school.
To celebrate the Day of the Girl Child and to show how educated girls have the power to change the world.
There are no schools to go to… and girls fare far worse than boys.
Across Africa, 20 million children have no opportunity to go to secondary school – there are very few secondary schools across the continent as international aid focuses on primary education and it stops age 12.
Girls are much less likely to be sent to secondary school than their brothers. More than 10 million girls will be working in one-room homes doing daily task
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Educated girls marry later
It is custom and practice for many girls to marry at the onset of puberty, many as young as 12-years-old in Africa. Research reveals secondary schooling reduces child marriages by two-thirds.
and have fewer children
Women with no education have seven children on average, while those with secondary education have four. Families with fewer children are less likely to be very poor.
Education means that 70% more mums would survive childbirth
If every woman received secondary education, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth would fall by as much as 70%.
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Educating girls starts a chain reaction
‘If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a whole nation.’ This African proverb proves true; educated women are more likely to also send their own children to school. They are also more likely to share what they have learnt at school with other family members in their lifetime.
Schooling will get her a job
Sending a girl to secondary school means she is more likely to get, not just a job, but a skilled and higher paid one. Just one extra year in school boosts her lifetime’s earnings by between 10 and 15%.
And she can help lift her family and her country out of poverty
The girl who gets a job improves life for her whole family, the local economy and her country. A Gbagyi girl who completes her secondary education will contribute 34% to the country’s economic growth every year.
Miss Gbagyi is about the girl child, the competition has helped to shape the mindset of this ladies, who have picked up various skills that has helped their immediate environment and communities.
We intend to do more.