Education increases a person’s income
Studies show that for each year of schooling, girls can increase their lifetime earnings 10-20%. (And if you want that fact gender neutral, the overall benefit is still about 10%).
Education saves lives
Each year extra of a mother’s education reduces infant mortality by 5 to 10%.
Education makes children healthier
A child with a mother who can read is 50% more likely to live past their 5thbirthday.
Education Builds Peace
For every 10% a region is above the average education level, the risk of war and conflict is reduced by about 3%.
Investing in girls education particularly has the potential to boost food production in Sub-Saharan Africa by about 25%.
Education makes everyone wealthier
Seriously. Each additional year of school given to children in a nation raises average annual domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%. That may not seem like a lot, but in real terms that could mean billions of dollars. Put in those terms, it’s a little easier to see how important this is.
Reading (which requires education) reduces poverty
Seriously. Studies show that if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. Just by teaching them to read! (You know, that thing you’re doing right now)
So there’s the facts. Education does truly do it all. In the realm of development, there is nothing else that has as many short and long term benefits as increasing education for all. Now that you’ve been educated on the value of education, it’s time to deliver that education to those who need it around the world.