In Kenya, education and health are intertwined for girls. Girls usually drop out of school due to — pregnancy; child marriage; lacking sanitary pads; physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; or becoming AIDS orphans. Half of sexually active girls in the community have sex for money to pay for school fees, sanitary pads, or soap. This elevates their HIV risk and damages their mental health. The few girls who do complete secondary school often do so with low grades and cannot go to a university.
Educating a girl has dramatic health and economic benefits for her, her family, the community, and the world. Educating girls has shown to be the single most potent factor globally in reducing infant mortality. Additionally, girls who complete secondary education are 30% less likely to get HIV during their lifetime. As educated women, they will have better reproductive health, healthier children, and higher wage earning power. Studies show that educated women invest more in their communities, causing national economic growth. Girls who are provided with educational opportunities will change the world.
- Educating girls helps everyone.
- When you educate a girl through secondary school you reduce her lifetime HIV risk.
- When you educate a girl she marries later, delays pregnancy, and has fewer children.
- When you educate a girl you get intergenerational benefits as her children are healthier and more likely to get educated. A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past age 5.
- When you educate a girl you increase the economic standing of the entire community. Educated women and girls reinvest 90% of their income into their families, compared to 30% for men.
- When you educate a girl every one extra year of education could increase her wages by 10-20%.
- When a country educates its girls its GDP increases.