Educational Development

Why is it crucial to ensure that nearly 4 billion girls and women around the world have the same chances to receive an education as boys and men? First, education is a human right; second, girls’ education is a strategic development investment – evidence shows that countries with greater gender equality are more likely to have higher economic growth.

There is also a multiplier effect to educating girls and women. More educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and can lift households out of poverty. These benefits also transmit across generations, as well as to communities at large.

Compared with two decades ago, more young people are entering school, completing primary school, and pursuing secondary and tertiary education. In low-income countries, average enrollment rates in primary education have surged upwards of 80%, and primary completion rates are now well above 60%.

SOURCE: World Bank