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Why don't poor parents send their daughters to school?

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“ ‘Why’ the international development sector asks, ‘don’t parents send their daughters to school and reap the returns?’

Parents cannot send their daughters to school because of poverty. So we are left with a world of girls whose lives are blighted, and who will give birth in childhood to a new generation of poor children.

The world knows that the education of girls delivers the highest social and economic dividends to a developing economy. In regions where girls face acute disadvantage, their education has transformative potential.

How then do we achieve universal access to education?”

Ann Cotton, Camfed’s Founder and President, and 2014 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, describes how Camfed makes girls’ education a reality in partnership with parents, communities and girls.

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