Child brides usually drop out of school and are denied the opportunity to complete their education, significantly reducing their ability to earn an income and lift themselves and their children out of poverty.
Conversely, if girls are able to stay in school and avoid early marriage, the benefits are widely felt. Educated girls are more likely to understand and advocate for their rights and they are more likely to raise healthy, educated children.
Education can also be one of the most powerful tools to enable girls to avoid early marriage and fulfil their potential. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries on average four years later.
Mortality rates of children whose mothers have at least seven years of education are up to 58% lower than rates among children whose mothers have no education.