Girl Power

It is common in rural communities for girls being taken out of school and married off when they reach the age of puberty. This practice of child marriage only serves to perpetuate a cycle of poverty: the young couple, particularly the bride who is usually younger than her husband, is not given a chance to complete their schooling or to learn a trade. Later in life, they are unable to find skilled work and, often with many children of their own to look after, they are forced to do the most degrading and exploitative work for very low pay.  
More educated women are likely to have smaller families and start having children later in life, when they are more likely to be in a position to educate them and break the cycle of poverty. Education also plays a significant role in improving the status of women within their families and communities. Whereas traditionally, females have hardly participated in the family decision making, educated women have more confidence and a better chance to have a say both within and without the family (source: National Literacy Mission India, Please follow the link for latest statistics:

Education helps women to take charge of their lives, improves their earning potential and enhances their skills for better management of expenditure. Increased knowledge about health care and nutrition enables mothers to keep their family in better health and to care better for their children. The directors and patrons of Food for Life Vrindavan feel that by educating girls, they offer the best possible service to the whole community.  

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