Research consistently shows that more education = higher earning potentials, better health outcomes, and increased community participation. Every additional year of schooling can increase an individual’s future earnings by an average of 10%.1 

That statistic is even higher for young women, for whom an education also makes them more likely to marry later, have fewer children, and be better informed on the nutritional needs and health of their children. 

And yet… for many children around the world, access to quality education remains a distant dream. Globally, 121 million primary and lower secondary school-aged kids don’t have access to education.2 Even worse, an estimated 230 million primary-school-aged kids can’t read, write, or do basic maths.3 

These barriers to accessing quality education are highest in conflict-prone and rural areas, and they disproportionately affect young females.