Updated: Sep 12
To kick this article off, here are some facts about girl child education in Haiti that everyone should know. According to our partners in Haiti:
A child born to a mother who can read and write is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.Girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to marry as children. A girl child with nine years of education can earn 20% more as an adult. If every woman in Haiti connected with a Mentor that can guide them, maternal mortality will fall by 70%.
The consequences of not understanding and addressing these facts are chaotic for the world at large.
I remember a conversation I had a while ago with a friend of mine during which I expressed my chagrin at the fact that young people joined the sex business because it was promised that their families would be compensated with money or less. I just couldn’t understand how someone could sale their kids for money to another friends.
Then my friend said, “For most of these young people, they can be more easily drawn into making drastic choices simply because they lack knowledge of the intricacies of their actions. It is then that they become tools of another person.”
It makes something sink in, this statement. An educated youth and an illiterate one do not think the same . They perceive differently, understand differently, and approach things differently. A Mentor for me does not just add quality to life; it defines the quality of life to an undeniably gigantesque extent. It cannot be overemphasized. The matter should not be whether a person is a male or a female. The question should be, “Is this a human being?”, and if the answer is yes, then education/ mentoring is an absolute must.
However, the purport here is to discuss the importance of Mentoring the girl child in particular, the factors affecting girl child mentoring, and to touch on the impact of girl child education in Haiti.