Global recognition of the great importance of educating girls is increasing, and Kenya Keys is on board. According to the Girl Effect (girleffect.org), when girls receive at least seven years of education, they marry four years later and have two fewer children, on average. If all girls, worldwide, received a full 12 years of education, child marriage would decrease by 65%. Early births would also drop, by 59%. Even child deaths would decrease by 49%.
There are great economic benefits attendant to educating girls as well. When girls are empowered with important job skills, they have the potential to increase the global GDP by 5.4%. And in developing countries, just one extra year of secondary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 15-25%.
When you educate a girl, you educate a family, and even a community. By educating girls in rural Kenya, we set the stage for immeasurable improvements in health, safety, and economic growth. Helping girls gain as much education as possible is the best way to end the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
The Usalama Program, the SOS (Save Our Sisters) girls group, and girls dormitories are just some of the things Kenya Keys is doing to empower girls and pave the way for them to gain an education and vastly improve their own lives and the lives of their families.