Thursday, May 31, 2012

Educate Girls: End Poverty's Cycle

At Edge of Seven, we believe that investing in girls in developing countries is the best strategy to end global poverty. We’re not alone.
When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990.
When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
Chris Fortson, “Women’s Rights Vital for Developing World,” Yale News Daily 2003.
When 10 percent more girls go to secondary school, a country’s economy grows by 3 percent.
Barbara Herz and Gene Sperling, What Works in Girls Education 2004  
Edge of Seven, in name and in spirit, offers volunteers the unique opportunity to work closely with people who face different obstacles in life, possess different histories, and hold different perspectives on our world.

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