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The Girl Effect: How A Girl's Education Can Change The World

Girls living in poverty are uniquely capable of creating a better future for themselves, their families, their communities, and the world.

  • UNESCO reports that one of every five people over the age of 15 is illiterate, 64% of the world's illiterate are women, and nearly 60% of the estimated 113 million children who do not attend primary school worldwide are girls.
  • UNICEF states, "education, especially for girls and mothers, will save children's lives."
  • For every development dollar spent, girls receive less than one half of one cent.
  • A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family. A man will reinvest 30 - 40%.
  • When girls have received 7 or more years of education, they marry 4 years later and have 2.2 fewer children.
  • An extra year of primary school raises a girl's lifetime wages by 10 - 20%.
  • An extra year of secondary school raises a girl's lifetime wages by 15 - 25%.

It's no big deal.  Just the future of humanity.

Watch the Girl Effect video to find out more.

We admire the Girl Effect's compelling video highlighting the power of helping girls help themselves — and the world. Created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the Girl Effect is fuelled by hundreds of thousands of girl champions working for girls every day in schools, villages, cities, offices, agencies, and governments.

For years now, we have offered an ever-growing mix of Gifts That Give Moretm, many of which are designed to help provide and improve access to education for children around the world. From disaster relief to food security, increasing access to education, and so much more,'s Gifts That Give Moretm program strives to improve the health and well-being of people, animals, and the planet. For more information, visit

Join us in helping build a world of opportunity for all — one girl at a time.

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