Why Educate Girls


Reduce Poverty

Knowledge is power – power that enables young girls to make educated decisions about their well-being and their bodies.  Women who receive a secondary education are 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS than girls who lose access to education after primary school. The most recent G20 Summit on girls and education reported that if all girls were to complete 12 years of school, child marriage would be reduced by 64%; pregnancies for girls 17 and under would be reduced by 60% in sub-Sarharan Africa alone.  


The benefits don’t stop at just the girl.  An educated girl transfers her knowledge to help create a healthier family.  Women who complete a secondary education become advocates for their children.  Their children are also less likely to die of treatable diseases – research suggests that child deaths would drop by 49% if all women completed a secondary education. 

Receiving an education empowers girls to take control of their lives, their families, and their future.
— Joyce Wanjiru, GLOW Recipient – 1st year student, studying Communications at Multimedia University, Nairobi, Kenya
Girls’ education is a catalyst for gender equality…through education, girls are given the chance to realize their full human rights and contribute to the very fabric of our society.
— Jacinta Kakweri, GLOW Recipient – 3rd year studying Education at Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya

Healthier & More
Educated Families

Education has a ripple effect in communities.  It is the starting point for widespread change in communities; young, educated women become the new leaders and activists in the fight for equality.  In Kenya, where childhood marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are systemic problems, girls’ education is the most powerful tool behind a driving force for change. With the help of education, though, women are beginning to speak out against the act and help young girls avoid the same fate.

A girl who is educated knows her rights and advocates for the rights of others whose rights have been violated, they are in front line and a voice to those girls who are intimidated.
— Julie Kibet, GLOW Recipient – 1st year studying Nursing at Our Lady of Lourdes Mwea School of Nursing, Wanguru, Kenya

More Stable Society

It’s simple: higher education correlates to higher wages.  Higher wages correlate to economic growth.  But currently, only 46% of women are in the labor market, compared with over 76% of men.  The reason behind this?  Women across the globe lack access to education, and education has a substantial impact on job opportunities and prospect.  As a result, global economies are stagnant.  UNESCO and the 2017 G20 Summit reported if all girls completed secondary education, nations could add $92 billion to their economies. 

It is of great importance to educate girls not only for their personal development but also for the general societal growth as a result of the imperative role women play in society for the growth of a nation and the world at large, since the success of a girl is the success of a nation.
— Joyce Maasia, GLOW Recipient – 3rd year student studying Animal Science at Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya

Develop Community
Leaders & Activists

An educated society is a more stable society.  Educated populations are more likely to support and promote democracy over authoritarian forms of government.  Educated populations are more tolerant of different cultures and opinions.  Even further, the 2017 G20 Summit outlined that if certain countries doubled the percentage of students finishing secondary education, they would in turn halve the risk of political conflict in their nations.  When you educate girls today, they become the leaders of our future.

Leadership is stepping out from the crowd and taking responsibility. Doing good and justice where others watch but feel too shy to act. Making the world a better place even without recognition by others. Acting the right way, what your conscious tells you. What you feel is the right thing to do. So leadership is learning how to live with people from all walks of life and learning from experience.
— Mary Kisaka, GLOW Recipient – 3rd year student studying Geospatial Engineering at University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya