Penn Nursing

Improving the Economy by Educating Girls

In Women's Health on March 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

Research shows that educating girls creates a better environment for economic growth.  An extra year of primary school increases a girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent; an extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. Although attendance at school is higher in urban than rural areas, poverty and gender strongly influence school attendance.  In developing countries, whether in rural or urban communities, vulnerable girls are particularly challenged in continuing their education with the onset of puberty.  In these areas, only 43% of secondary-school-age girls are in school. 

The plenary session Keeping Girls in School: Supporting Girls Health to Promote Their Empowerment supported by Procter & Gamble will raise awareness of and establish a dialog about supporting vulnerable girls’ health and educational needs in order to keep them in school and promote their empowerment.  The speakers will raise awareness of what is known today in urban and rural districts and identify and discuss potential strategies and solutions to help to support girl’s health to promote their empowerment.

— Anne Hochwalt

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