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Quality Education of Girls Leads to Increase in GDP

While great strides have been made in improving educational opportunities for girls and young women, existing barriers remain prevalent and will be exacerbated by COVID-19 and its aftermath, calling for new models and innovations to close the gap.

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Quality Education of Girls Leads to Increase in GDP

While great strides have been made in improving educational opportunities for girls and young women, existing barriers remain prevalent and will be exacerbated by COVID-19 and its aftermath, calling for new models and innovations to close the gap.
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the problem
Nature and Context

If every girl in the US and worldwide received 12 years of quality education, lifetime earnings for women could increase by up to $30 trillion globally, boosting the GDPs of entire countries worldwide.

Despite these gains, significant barriers such as poverty, early marriages, cultural and social practices, gender biases, and unsafe or unwelcoming learning environments continue to inhibit girls and young women from enrolling in school at all levels and reaching pivotal learning milestones.

Symptoms and Causes
  • COVID remote leaning is good for some students but harder for others

  • Inequality in education exacerbates the gender gap which impacts future economic growth

the impact
Negative Effects
  • Girls not succeeding in STEM areas

  • Feeling disconnecting because girls lack a support network

  • Home pressure cause drop out tendency to raise

Economic Impact
Success Metrics
  • Increase the number of girls and young women participating in formal and informal learning and training;

  • Strengthen practical skills, competencies, and experiential learning opportunities, particularly in STEM and digital literacy, for girls and young women to effectively transition from education to employment; 

  • Reduce the barriers that prevent girls and young women—especially those living in conflict and emergency situations—from reaching key learning milestones; and

  • Promote gender-inclusive and gender-responsive education for everyone, including gender non-binary and transgender learners.

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