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Everyone knows that education is important, but just how valuable is it really? Here we have ten snappy, bite-sized facts for you to tell your friends, your family, or even your government representative!
1) If all the children who are out of primary school formed a country, they would be larger than France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. That’s 67 million children! And 53% of them are girls!
2) About 40 billion hours are spent each year collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa. Do you know who’s fetching the water? Girls. Evidence has linked the lack of girls in school to the lack of basic water services.
3) It’s a shame because for every year of extra schooling you give a girl, she can increase her income by as much as 20%. That's quite a pay-rise!
4) So, how much more would it cost the world to provide basic education in low income countries? About $16 billion a year. That’s around 1% of what the world spent on its military in 2009. We could close the education finance gap in just six days of military spending!
5) Better than guns and bombs, paying for education makes people more prosperous. For every $1 spent on education, a further $10-$15 is generated as a result of higher growth.
6) If we do put every child behind a desk, what other benefits does the world get apart from a higher income? Well, 7 million cases of HIV/AIDS could be prevented in the next decade if every child received an education.
7) Education also helps women survive pregnancy and their children survive infancy. When they learn about personal health, hygiene, the power of immunizations, and the importance of pre-natal care, women’s life expectancy sky rockets!
9) All that education adds up. If every woman in sub-Saharan Africa were educated up to a lower secondary level, we could save 1.8 million lives every year.
9) What else? Education helps promote peace and stability, not to mention teaches people to protect their environment and stave off climate change.
10) But the main advantage is that education beats poverty! One extra year of good, quality schooling for a country can increase its average GDP growth by nearly 0.5%, and lift earnings by 10%. That’s a huge leap that could lift millions out of destitution!