Educating Girls and Ending Child marriage : A Priority for Africa

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ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE: WHAT WORKS? A LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE
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This study was prepared ahead of the second African girls’ summit on ending child marriage organized by the African Union in Ghana. It is adapted from a recent global study on the cost of not educating girls (Wodon et al., 2018), and also relies on previous work on the economic impacts of child marriage (Wodon et al., 2017). While nine in ten girls complete their primary education and three in four complete their lower secondary education globally, the proportions are much lower in Africa. In the case of sub-Saharan Africa especially, despite progress over the last two decades, just over two thirds of girls complete their primary education, and four in ten complete lower secondary school. This is in part because the prevalence of child marriage and early childbearing remains very high in the region

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