The State of the World's Children 2004

Girls, Education and Development

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The State of the World’s Children 2004 emphasizes the important role that girls’ education plays in advancing human development. It highlights strategies, programmes and initiatives in place in countries all around the world aimed at promoting girls’ education and improving the lives of all children.

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The right thing to do

Girls’ education is a dream investment for any Head of Government prepared to look beyond the immediate and usual solutions to the problems of development. Far from depriving other social development sectors, financing girls’ education adds value to their work. It eases the strain on the health-care system by reducing both child and maternal mortality, by keeping children healthier and by reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS. It increases women’s skills and productivity, thereby reducing poverty and strengthening the economy in the long term. The intimate connection between girls’ education and other areas of development means, for example, that a single expenditure on supplying safe water and sanitation to a school has a double benefit: improving community health and hygiene and attracting more girls to school.

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