My work and my research as well as the research of many international education experts has proven that girls’ education is one of the main drivers of the social and economic advancement of countries.
If girls are not supported to pursue quality education not just at the primary level, but also at the secondary level and the tertiary level, then countries cannot fully advance with only half of their human resources educated and skilled. The higher girls reach in their education the more able they become to contribute to their communities and countries. Girls like boys need to complete primary and secondary education and then chose the most appropriate path for their higher education. In many developing countries, however, the percentage of girls completing secondary education is lower than 25%.
When a high percentage of girls participate in, or ideally complete, secondary school, their life expectations change as does their behavior, and many benefits will accrue to them, their families, and their communities. The outcomes of girls’ secondary education are many, among them:
In summary, a girl that completes secondary education is empowered in very practical ways and tends to assert herself and play a positive role in the social and economic decisions of her home, her family, and her community.
Keeping the Promise by May Rihani highlights the barriers and challenges that girls face when they decide to enter secondary education, and the five main benefits that accrue to them and their families if and when they enter and complete secondary education. It was published by the Academy for Educational Development in 2006.