In Peru, indigenous communities are dispersed throughout the Andes Mountains and lack access to many public services, including education. Children must walk several hours to the nearest elementary school and high schools are often only located in larger town centers, making it too far a journey for daily commute on foot. This lack of access to education presents an even greater challenge for indigenous girls. While many boys move to urban centers to pursue educational opportunities, this same option is not available to most girls.
Only 4 in 10 Peruvian girls from rural Andean communities will graduate from secondary school.
Education for women is an especially important investment as the benefits impact future generations and families. Female education is proven to have a substantial impact on reducing poverty. Studies show that an educated woman is more likely to have a smaller and healthier family, a stronger voice in family negotiations and the ability to advocate for herself and her children.
- — Girls from poor families are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls from wealthier families.
- — Closing the joblessness gap between girls and their male counterparts would yield an increase in GDP of up to 1.2% in a single year.
- — Giving women the same access to non-land resources and services as men could increase yields on women’s land by up to 30 per
- — An extra year of secondary school education boosts girls’ eventual wages by 15–25%.