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The importance of education in empowering individuals and communities has long been recognised, creating more opportunities for health, work and prosperity.

What’s the issue?

This is particularly the case for women and girls, whose education can result in healthier children, later marriage and increased economic participation.

However, across lower income countries millions fewer girls attend school than their male counterparts. Educating women not only improves their overall wellbeing but also contributes to broader social and economic gains on many levels. 

For vulnerable young people in many different countries there is also an emerging gap between what schools teach and the skills needed to enter employment. This means that a diverse range of technical and vocational training (from medical education to market specific training for areas like hospitality and tailoring) are essential to make sure that education is truly worthwhile to those who receive it.  

Quick facts

  • Article 13 of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognises the right of everyone to education, which makes the widespread and effective provision of schools a necessity. 
  • However, the right of access to education for all has not yet been realised. 
  • The importance of quality and inclusive education has been very well recognised in the SDGs.
  • Vocational education and training is a crucial and sustainable pathway to employment as it can link young people‘s competences with employers‘ needs. 
  • Educating women and girls boosts economic growth, and women overall get a higher return on investment on education than men, especially when it comes to secondary school. 
  • The children of educated women are more likely to survive childhood.

Wonder’s work

We believe girls should be able to make the most of education to get the skills they need to thrive, and work their way out of poverty. This is why we support projects that educate girls in traditional school settings, as well as vocational training programmes that enable girls and women to use their education to find high quality employment. 

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