“The surest way to keep a people down is to
educate the men and neglect the women.”

-Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey

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Girls who graduate from secondary school in developing countries:

    1. Are far less likely to become HIV/AIDS positive
    2. Have greatly reduced infant mortality rates
    3. Plan their families and have far fewer children
    4. Provide greatly improved health care for their children
    5. Are more likely to send their children to secondary school
    6. Break the cycles of poverty
    7. Break the cycles of exploitation including human trafficking
    8. Have delayed marriage ages and reduced domestic violence
    9. Are economically and socially empowered

Most girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not complete secondary school and suffer the consequences of poverty, disease and exploitation.

A number of factors contribute to this dilemmaNineKnowns4

    1. The costs of secondary education in most developing countries are prohibitive for families living in poverty – and most families live in poverty
    2. Young uneducated girls are often forced into early marriage
    3. Young uneducated girls are often lured or forced into child labour.
    4. Young uneducated girls are often lured or forced into human trafficking
    5. Amongst some, educating girls is considered a waste of money and violates culture
    6. Under-resourced overcrowded primary schools may have failed to adequately prepare children for the academic rigours of secondary school
    7. Parents/caregivers of uneducated girls are not aware of the broad benefits of secondary education for the well-being of their families

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