By: Ashley Dittmar
“Education is greater than everything” has been a motto in my life for years. This is because education is a single intervention that has the transformational power to increase a child’s health, income and overall well-being. Yet, there are over 120 million children that aren’t being educated because of poverty barriers.
This isn’t only an ethical issue, but also a public health and economic issue. Girls who attend secondary school marry and have children later, drastically lowering maternal and infant mortality rates and their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Economically, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%. For girls who have a secondary education their future income can increase up to 25%.