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Educate a girl and she'll change the world

Globally, 62,000,000 girls are out of school.
With a pencil in her hand, she can write her own future.

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Educate a girl and she can change the world

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At Plan International Canada, we’re putting pencils in girls’ hands so they can write their own future. Issues like poverty, illiteracy and violence can be lessened by educating girls. Issues that impact more than just one girl. Because when you educate a girl, she can change the world.

The impact of her education

Plan International Canada has clear evidence that when you educate a girl, she improves not only her own conditions, but the quality of life for her community.


Two-thirds of the 758 million illiterate adults in the world are women. Education improves illiteracy rates.


When she completes primary school, she is 67% less likely to contract HIV.


For every extra year in school, her income can increase by up to 20%.

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Girls with secondary education are 6X less likely to be child brides.


67% of girls with no education think a husband is justified in beating his wife.

It all starts with a girl and a pencil

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Success Stories

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Fixing the flood.

The rainy season in Hatibandha, Bangladesh makes the trek to school too dangerous to attempt. See how a community came together to build a girls' dormitory and keep girls in school.

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E is for empowerment.

Meet four girls living with a disability to see how with an education, they're empowered to overcome stereotypes, and create a brighter future for themselves.

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Educate to end child marriage.

Education helps girls better their lives. The longer they stay in school, the less likely they'll be married early. See how Keya and Roksana used education as a weapon to fight child marriage.

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