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Monday, June 22, 2009

Interesting statistics on how educating girls improves overall community health, economy, etc

An education provides security and support to girls and enables them to make informed life decisions. In addition, education is critical to improving the status of women, which provides a ripple of positive effects throughout society.

Providing girls one extra year of education beyond the average boosts eventual wages by 10-20 percent.
Infant mortality decreases by 8 percent for each year a woman stays in school.

In Africa, children of mothers who receive five years of primary education are 40 percent more likely to live beyond age five.
Family health and nutrition rise in the home of an educated woman.

Multi-country data show educated mothers are about 50 percent more likely to immunize their children than are uneducated mothers.

An educated woman has fewer children, so population growth is slowed in resource scarce countries.

A 65-country analysis finds that doubling the proportion of women with a secondary education would reduce average fertility rates from 5.3 to 3.9 children per woman.


rae said...

These are really interesting and provocative statistics. Would it be possible to cite the source?

Lizzy Scully said...

Oops, sorry I did not respond sooner. I did not see this post. The stats actually come from an article I wrote that is published here:
Thanks for your note, Rae!