#GirlsCount – join the campaign to help girls get an education and fight poverty

#GirlsCount campaign

More than 130 million girls in the world are unable to get an education. Join the online count in the #GirlsCount campaign from ONE, to raise awareness and help girls reach their full potential.

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Go to the ONE website, pick an unused number between one and 130,000,000 and simply record yourself counting that number aloud. You’ll join the likes of Charlize Theron, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Michael Sheen and Robin Wright – and you can see some of the current numbers here. If the campaign gets all 130,000,000 numbers recorded it would take more than eight years to watch!

ONE will then deliver the video to world leaders, putting pressure on them to increase funding for ending extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Helping girls to help lift their country out of poverty.

How education is eradicating poverty

Worldwide we’re making steady progress on ending poverty: 902 million people now live in extreme poverty, and in 1990 this number was 1.96 billion. And from 2000 to 2013 an extra 60 million children in sub-Saharan Africa were in school. But 59 million children of primary school age weren’t attending school in 2013, and more than half of those were girls.

ONE know that educating a girl makes her 50% more likely to immunise her children, helping the wider community and future generations. And if a girl in the developing world goes to school for at least seven years, on average she’ll get married four years later and has two or three fewer children.

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Did you know?

  • If we help all students worldwide, including girls, to leave school with basic reading skills, extreme poverty could reduce by 12%.
  • If we spend an extra $5 per person per year on the most important health interventions for women and children, in 74 developing countries, the investment will be worth nine times more by 2035 in economic and social benefits.