LOST LIVES, CHILDHOODS, BILLIONS
CHILD marriage is costing African countries at least $60 billion (R832bn) in lost lifetime earnings, more than what the world gives the continent in aid each year, the World Bank said on Wednesday.
Be it high school drop-out rates, teen pregnancy or poor health outcomes, the cost of child marriage is far from just monetary, the bank said in its report.
“When it comes to policy making, money talks. What this research shows is that ending child marriage is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do,” said Lakshmi Sundaram, executive director of Girls Not Brides.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest child marriage rates in the world.