Why educate girls?
Megan Foo, a high school senior in Hong Kong and advocate for women and girls, writes about educating girls.
Megan points out that, in developing communities, three issues prevent a girl from her right to education: 1) her gender, 2) her zip code, and 3) her economic condition.
She writes that girls’ education is …
- a fundamental right that warrants universal access.
- a catalyst for gender equality.
- the key to poverty alleviation within less economically developed countries.
- instrumental in bringing about economic growth.
- essential for reducing the number of child marriages.
- a successful formula for individual empowerment.
- a proven cause of lowered maternal and infant mortality rates.
- critical to a decline in fertility rates.
- a steppingstone to improved women’s health.
- a pivotal force for change in societies and communities.
“Why Should We Invest in Girls’ Education?” – Megan Foo, Huffington Post
If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family – and a whole nation. – African proverb