As “The Girl Effect” so aptly describes, educating girls makes a big difference to society in the long run:
* When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
* An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
* A higher level of schooling among mothers leads to better infant and child health.
Trust in Education is all about giving the girls (and boys) in Afghanistan a chance.
TIE Video made by Marie McCoy-Thompson, age 17 (Girl Scout Gold Award project)
Despite the attack on the dome at Zohra’s school site, in general there seems to be fewer attacks on schools this year, according to the New York Times (See Filling Classes With Learning, Not Fears). The Times also repeated a report that we have heard elsewhere: Mullah Muhammad Omar, one of the primary spiritual leaders of the Taliban, has banned attacks on schools and on children. If this is true (which it seems no one can truly document), it could mean that children in Afghanistan would have the opportunity to attend school in safety. Yay!