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International Day of the Girl Child 2013

11th October is the International Day of the Girl Child, of which the theme this year is ‘Innovating for Girls’ Education’.

Investing in the education of girls is investing in a future in which poverty eradication is a real possibility. It is a fact that a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive beyond the age of five, yet 70% of the 130 million children in the world that are denied education are girls.

A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “One of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty is through education, and by allowing girls, who have an equal right to education as their male counterparts, to receive education, we can expect to see a reduction in poverty levels.”

Since its inception, Muslim Aid has invested in various education projects for children around the world. Its Rainbow Family facilitates the education of thousands of children, around 50% of them girls. Muslim Aid also invests in the education of women through its skills training programmes which empower women, allowing them to earn a wage independently and provide inspiration for their young girls to receive an education.

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