Education increases girls’ socioeconomic status and earning potential. Education stokes girls’ imaginations and leads them to develop personal and professional aspirations. It also gives them the skills to negotiate whom and when they will marry. It can provide one of the few places outside the home where girls are allowed to interact with their peers.
Statistics around Child Marriage
142 MILLION: If we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children.
1 in 3 Girls: In the developing world are said to be married before 18.
700 Million: Over 700 million women alive today were married as children.
Statistics in India
It is estimated that 47%of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday.
While fewer Indian girls are marrying before the age of 15, rates of marriage have increased for girls aged between 15 to 18.
Education is one of the most powerful tools to delay the age at which girls marry as school attendance helps shift norms around child marriage.
Improving girls’ access to schooling will increase girls’ chances of gaining a secondary education and helps to delay marriage.
When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries on average four years later.
Aalayam contributes in this space by providing education for the financially deprived students and increasing the possibility for a girl student to continue her education in whatever the the little way we can.
We should be confident that this little Initiative Aalayam is started will spread and the day is far away where there dropout rate and child marriage will be eliminated.
“The Journey of thousand miles start with one step in the Right Direction”
Aalayam has taken its first STEP!