Child marriage and education

Keeping girls in school is one of the best ways to prevent child marriage. Child marriage limits girls’ access to quality education. Here you will find key facts, impacts, common drivers and solutions on education and child marriage.

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Links between child marriage and girl’s education

Insights on prioritising girls’ education

Education is a powerful strategy to end child marriage and ensure girls can fulfil their potential. The longer a girl stays in school, the less likely she is to be married before the age of 18 and have children during her teenage years.

Common drivers

The decisions to remove a girl from school or for her to marry as a child are often made at the same time and are influenced by many of the same factors. Work to end child marriage and keep girls in school needs to address these shared underlying factors.

Girls’ education and the SDGs

Governments worldwide have committed to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Goal 4 includes targets for inclusive and equitable quality education, and promotes lifelong learning for all. The SDGs  will not be met unless we address child marriage.

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