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Education has the power to change this; in fact, ensuring a girl’s education is the fastest way to eliminate many of the other challenges we’re facing.
Girls who have received an education are more likely to get married later in life, and have fewer and healthier children. Furthermore, an educated mother can spend more time focusing on the well being of each child when she has delayed childbirth and produced fewer children. Literacy grants awareness and access to information on healthcare; a literate woman can independently seek out information on how to secure the proper care for herself and her children. Having an education is empowering to a rural woman, and will instill in her the confidence to acknowledge and secure her fundamental health rights—preventative measures for avoiding infant mortality being chief among them. When families are smaller, they are less likely to have to choose which of their children they can afford to educate. Thus, a greater number of the population’s children are educated and able to generate income, and the country’s economy flourishes as a result. A prosperous economy is vital to a nation’s healthcare system. Finally, an educated woman is more likely to be a part of the workforce. With an education, she can bring new and innovative strategies to the agriculture industry—an industry in which rural women form the backbone—and increase the prosperity of the entire community. Providing these opportunities for greater responsibility and revenue gives a woman greater leverage for decision-making within her home, as well. Statistics have shown that a woman generating income spends a greater portion of that money on her family than does her husband. Ensuring that children are fed and properly cared for is her number one priority when resources are limited. Surely, education is important for everyone, but none so much as rural girls and women. Their educational achievements will incite a ripple effect, creating tremendous positive results for their families and communities—improving health, generating income, and implementing change.