a quick look at the pos­i­tive im­pact of ed­u­ca­tion

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Chil­dren’s health Women’s health Vi­o­lence against women


For each ad­di­tional year of moth­ers’ ed­u­ca­tion, a child spends an ex­tra

0.32 years in school. For girls the ben­e­fit is slightly larger. If all women com­pleted pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion in low and lower-mid­dle in­come coun­tries, the un­der­five mor­tal­ity rate would fall by 15%. If all women com­pleted sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, it would fall by 49%, equal to around 2.8m lives saved a year. If all women com­pleted pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, there would be 66% fewer ma­ter­nal deaths, sav­ing 189 000 lives per year. If all girls com­pleted pri­mary school in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa and South and West Asia, the num­ber of girls get­ting mar­ried by age 15 would fall by 14%; with sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion,

64% fewer girls would get mar­ried.

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