The Importance Of Child Marriage And Education

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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 …show more content…
Giving a daughter in marriage allows parents to reduce family expenses by ensuring they have one less person to clothe, educate, and feed. However, in communities where economic transactions are an integral part of the marriage process, and dowry is often income for poor families. Child marriage traps girls and their families in a cycle of poverty. Girls who marry at a young age do not receive economic and educational opportunities that would help lift them and their families out of poverty. Unfortunately, their children are more likely to undergo the same fate. If a girl does not marry early and stays in school, she is likely to be wealthier and healthier. For every year a girl stays in school, her eventual wages will increase by 25%, and when she earns an income, she reinvests 90% of it into her family. Ending child marriage will accelerate efforts to achieve a safe, healthy, and prosperous future for girls (The State of the World

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