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Health and Life Expectancy
  • A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. (UNESCO)


  • Young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those with little or no schooling. (Center for Global Development)


  • An extra year at school reduces infant mortality by 10%. (The United Nations Population Fund)


  • HIV prevalence was 10% lower in rural Uganda in 2001 for 18-29 year olds who received secondary level education, and 6% lower for those who received only primary level education, compared to those who received no education. (UNESCO)

Economic Growth
  • If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)


  • A country able to attain literacy scores 1% higher than the international average will achieve levels of labour productivity and GDP per capita that are 2.5 and 1.5% higher, respectively, than those of other countries. (OECD)

Confidence, Cohesiveness and Community
  • Educated women are more likely to resist abuses such as domestic violence, traditions like female genital cutting, and discrimination at home, in society or the workplace. (Women Deliver)

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