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Facts about girls and education:

• It is far more likely that she will marry later, have fewer children, and avoid contracting HIV/AIDS.
• She is less likely to be a victim of domestic violence and more likely to engage in civic leadership.
• She will earn more money. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%.
• Best of all, an educated mother is more likely to educate both sons and daughters equally, passing prosperity and opportunity to the next generation, and so on. In other words, investing in girls creates a ripple effect that can transform families, communities and entire countries.

When the number of its girls attending school increases by 10%, a country’s GDP increases by 3%. The estimated economic loss in countries that do not educate girls to the same level as boys is $92 billion per year.