Essay on Child Marriage And Education Are Closely Linked

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Child marriage and education are closely linked. Girls with no education are 3 times as likely to marry by 18 as those with a secondary education. While it is still unclear if child marriage causes school dropout or vice versa, it is clear that child marriage often means the end to girls’ education. It has been found that child brides have an increased risk of dropping out of school, and entering sex-work (Beattie, et al). When a girl drops out of school, she is denied her right to an education and the ability to develop the skills and knowledge needed to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Girls drop out of school shortly before their marriage and once she is out of school, she is more vulnerable to early pregnancy. Returning to school is very difficult for child brides. Married girls who would like to continue schooling are often legally excluded from doing so (Svanemyr). A staggering 60% of child brides in developing countries have had no formal education. Because of this, education is a key strategy to address child marriage. Education allows girls to fulfil their potential, and when girls have access to sage, quality education, the benefits are extraordinary. Educated girls develop skills, knowledge, and importantly, confidence to make their own informed choices, including, if, when, and whom to marry. Also, being in school supports that perception that girls are still children and not suitable to be married. Child brides are more likely to be poor and remain poor.…

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