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Quality education for girls: key to ending child marriage

Overview

It is widely recognised that girls’ education is one of the most effective means of development not only for girls themselves but also for their communities and wider society.

It is crucial that girls can enroll in school and benefit from free, compulsory quality basic education (a minimum of nine years), in an environment which is free from violence, supports them to realise their rights and enables them to broaden their choices in life.

However, there are numerous barriers that prevent girls, particularly adolescent girls, from attending school. Child marriage and early pregnancy are important factors in girls’ dropout rates as well as stimulating a generational cycle of female vulnerability and poverty.

For these reasons, Plan International EU Office calls upon the European Commission (EC) and EU Delegations to prioritise and scale up programmes on delaying/ending child marriage and fostering quality education for girls; and calls upon the European Union (EU) to show strong political leadership on ending child marriage and fostering quality basic education for girls at the global level.

Executive Summary

Executive summary

It is crucial that girls can enroll in school and benefit from free, compulsory quality basic education (a minimum of nine years), in an environment which is free from violence, supports them to realise their rights and enables them to broaden their choices in life.

However, there are numerous barriers that prevent girls, particularly adolescent girls, from attending school. Child marriage and early pregnancy are important factors in girls’ dropout rates as well as stimulating a generational cycle of female vulnerability and poverty.

For these reasons, Plan International EU Office, in a briefing paper:

  • calls upon the European Commission (EC) and EU Delegations to prioritise and scale up programmes on delaying/ending child marriage and fostering quality education for girls;
  • and calls upon the European Union (EU) to show strong political leadership on ending child marriage and fostering quality basic education for girls at the global level.