Dear readers and humanitarians,
I am raising money for the Malala Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that helps fund education for girls that otherwise wouldn't have access.
The campaign to raise money is a part of a project for my 8th grade English Language Arts class. I also wrote an essay to help spread awareness. Here it is:
June 15th, 2018
Educating Girls in Developing Countries
Over 131 million girls in developing countries are out of school (Global Partnership for Education), which is over five times as many girls that go to school in the United States currently. In most developing countries, the number of girls not going to school is significantly higher than the number of boys not going to school. Many of this is being caused by the price of attending school, discrimination against girls, and gender roles. There are also many benefits associated with girls receiving an education. More jobs would be created, so the economies of countries with middle to low income could receive 92 billion dollars (Malala Fund). There are many organizations that help to raise money and awareness for this cause. Girls in developing countries have a limited access to education, which is not acceptable.
Many countries don’t work to improve education for girls domestically, because of ongoing wars, or a financial crisis. After all, about 44 million girls live in areas of conflict (Malala Fund). Also, girls are 90 percent more likely to be out of school in areas of conflict or violence (Malala Fund). If more peace was accomplished between warring countries, more girls could go to school. In developing countries that are poor, or have an ongoing financial crisis, it can be difficult for families to have enough money to send girls to school, and also for the schools to be funded. Countries become even poorer when they don’t educate girls. In fact, a country that doesn’t educate girls to the same level as they educate boys can lose as much as one billion dollars a year (Care). Many girls miss out on the opportunity of going to school due to poverty. If developing countries dropped the cost of schools and educated more girls, then money would be saved and more girls would receive an education.
One of the reasons that many girls in developing countries are out of school or can’t continue school, is child marriages. By giving girls access to education in those countries, the number of child marriages would drop by 64 percent (Unicef). With education, girls are more likely to avoid child marriages and instead will choose to go to school. Since the number of child marriages would drop, so would the number of early births and child deaths. In fact, there would be a 59 percent drop in early births, and also a 49 percent drop in the number of child deaths (Malala Fund). Gender roles are also responsible for the fact that girls stay out of school. Many developing countries tend to be influenced heavily by gender roles; some being that women stay home, raise a family, cook, and clean, while men go to work and make money for the family. Though for these countries it may be normal to leave women and girls out of certain activities because of their gender, it is not okay to discriminate against someone, and these girls should be given an equal opportunity to education as boys and men.
There are many benefits to girls' education, one of being that for every extra year of school a girl attends, she can earn 10-20 percent more at her job (Care). When women enter the workforce, if they have received an education, their earnings can increase their lifetime earnings to up to 68 percent of their country’s annual GDP. A GDP is the total value of goods or services produced in a country over a year (Investopedia). More jobs would also be created, and 92 billion dollars could be added to the economies of middle to low-income countries (Malala Fund). Looking at a global level, 171 million people could be taken out of poverty if all girls in developing countries were taught basic reading skills (Care). This equals to about a 12% decrease in poverty globally. If all girls were taught more than just the basic reading skills, there would definitely be a greater benefit involved.
Many organizations globally have made efforts to help those 131 million girls in developing countries not going to school to have access to education, and attend school. Though that number is decreasing, the lack of education available to girls needs more awareness, and action to help it improve so that someday, all girls will have access to education. There are many things keeping girls out of school, yet there are many positive benefits to girls attending school. So, be sure to spread awareness about the fact that girls in developing countries have a limited access to education, which is not acceptable.
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Thank you for supporting this crucial cause, and your generosity and selflessness.
Eva Pawlowska, an 8th grade student in Andover, Massachusetts