The benefits of female education for women's empowerment and gender equality are broadly recognized:
As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall and family health improves.
Increases in girls' secondary school enrollment are associated with increases in women's participation in the labor force and their contributions to household and national income.
Women's increased earning capacity, in turn, has a positive effect on child nutrition.
Children — especially daughters — of educated mothers are more likely to be enrolled in school and to have higher levels of educational attainment.
Educated women are more politically active and better informed about their legal rights and how to exercise them .”
The Education & Knowledge method will enable project developers to evaluate how projects have resulted in women’s increased knowledge and skills, as well as the transmittal of women’s knowledge and skills to others in the community. This can be measured by increased knowledge and skills gained from extension services about agriculture, forest management, livestock, renewable energy, sanitation and health, etc. Other skills include those of basic reading and writing, numeracy, business management, computer and GPS use, and communication. Local initiatives to share knowledge, skills and information, and invitations to participate in training and education opportunities and exposure visits to observe successful initiatives in other communities, especially those run by women, can provide strong incentives and positive examples.
The economic benefits of enhanced education and knowledge among women and girls are compelling and some businesses see these benefits as a path to creating market demand for their goods or services or developing a more effective workforce. In addition to these business motivations, national and regional governments may realize great benefits through improved economic outputs and reduced social costs, through the educational empowerment of women and girls.
“Women in developing nations are usually in charge of securing water, food and fuel and of overseeing family health and diet. Therefore, they tend to put into immediate practice whatever they learn about nutrition and preserving the environment and natural resources .” (UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, 2012)
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