There are noticeable benefits linked to investing in women and girls’ education.
Women with formal education are less likely to become pregnant at a young age, which contributes to female economic independence, allowing them to work outside their home. They are able to have healthier planned pregnancies and seek pre-and post-natal care. They are more likely to ensure their children attend schools, ensure their children are immunized, be better informed of children’s nutritional requirements and adopt improved sanitation practices. As a result, their infants and children have higher survival rates and tend to be healthier and better nourished children. Educated women have better knowledge of health care practices and are able to protect themselves and their families from diseases.
To create a sustainable, peaceful and abundant world, gender equality in education must be achieved. Ending discrimination, exploitation and violence against women begins with the education and empowerment of women and girls. In South Sudan, a boy is more likely to be educated over a girl. This creates a gender gap that perpetuates inequality between men and women. Alliance is focusing on educating girls in order to help closing the gap. Alliance believes that every child, regardless of their gender has the right to a safer, formal and quality education and access to lifelong learning and services.