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Education decreases poverty

Margaret Wise
Friday, April 12, 2013

ALLOWING children to go to school is a crucial factor for poverty reduction and human development, says United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reproductive health advisor Doctor Wame Baravilala.

"Achieving universal primary education for all boys and girls by 2015 is supported through the empowerment of women, training teachers to be gender sensitive, promoting the value of educating girls, postponing early marriage and childbearing, allowing pregnant teens to continue studying and return to school after delivery, offering scholarships and providing universal access to reproductive health.

"Women's empowerment is an engine of development. Equal political, economic, social and cultural rights can help unleash the productivity of women."


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