Boost Education to End Child Marriage, says Education Campaigner
Photo: ITA / Saba Mushtaq
Child marriage is one of the biggest challenges to securing a quality education for all children. Yet in Pakistan alone, the legal right to 12 years of education is often unfulfilled: children spend only 4.7 years in school on average. The fact that 40 per cent of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18 is a significant factor in the shortfall.
Theirworld has partnered with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) on the first Child Marriage Free Zone in the Matiari district in Pakistan. Last week Baela Raza Jamil, Education Campaigner and Trustee for ITA, wrote a blog on Child Marriage for the #UpForSchool page on Huffington Post, recounting her experiences of meeting local campaigners – mothers, daughters and pupils – who are determined for change. She writes:
“With a full cycle of education, girls can learn more, earn more, be less at risk of harm and protect themselves from being victims of child marriages. More than that, with a full education they would help break the poverty cycle and let their families and communities prosper.”