WB: Under-educating Girls is Lost Opportunity

Developing countries lose up to $ 30 trillion because of a lack of education for girls, a report by the World Bank found. While less than two-thirds of girls finish primary school in low-income countries, only about 30% receive access to full secondary education.

The WB study describes the situation as the lost opportunity to increase the productivity of labor and income of the female part of the population. The world as a whole, 77% of women have at least several classes of secondary education.

At the same time, less than two-thirds of girls finish primary school in low-income countries, only about 30% get incomplete secondary education. 

Women with full secondary education earn twice as much. More accessible education for girls, according to the authors of the report, would help to solve the problem of domestic violence, hunger, child and maternal mortality, child marriages and would encourage the active inclusion of women in all spheres of life.

The report estimates the global impact of depriving girls of education. Its findings show the transformative power of education for girls in six areas: (1) earnings and standards of living, (2) child marriage and early childbearing, (3) fertility and population growth, (4) health, nutrition and well-being, (5) agency and decision-making, and (6) social capital and institutions.




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