11th October has been declared by the United Nations as International Day of the Girl Child, to remind us of the rights of girls and the unique challenges that they face. This year, the focus of this special day is 'Innovating for Girls’ Education'.
As well as being a human right, education for girls has a powerful effect on the individual and her society. Consistently it's been found that educating girls impacts many development goals. This includes reductions in poverty and child mortality, through to changes in social norms and a move towards democracy.
Here's a round-up of news stories from the past year, highlighting the importance of education for girls and women.
Through education, girls are empowered to realise their aspirations, and support themselves and their families. Around the world, and throughout the year, SOS Children supports girls to flourish and access a quality education. Girls who are growing up in an SOS family, or the local community, are taught at SOS Schools. SOS Social Centres provide vocational training and tailored services so that mothers can learn new skills, including how to generate an income and support their children's needs.