Say Yes, Summer 2003: Education for Every Child

Why Girls’ Education?

Poster for the girls’ education campaign.

English version of the poster for Haydi Kızlar Okula! -- the girls’ education campaign in Turkey.

  • Educated women and girls have better opportunities and life choices;
  • Educated women and girls have a greater voice in family and community affairs and are more likely to participate decision making;
  • Educated girls are more likely to marry and have children at a later age -- because they choose to;
  • Educated girls have better job opportunities and are more able to contribute to the family’s economy;
  • Educated mothers are more likely to send all their children, both boys and girls, to school;
  • Educated girls tend to have fewer and healthier children -- child mortality rates drop with higher levels of female education;
  • Educated girls are more aware of health issues -- rates of HIV/AIDS infection are significantly reduced by higher levels of female education;
  • Educated girls have healthier pregnancies, resulting in lower maternal mortality rates;
  • Attention to girls also benefits boys -- In UNICEF’s experience, programmes focusing on girls have proven to be equally beneficial to boys.

Cover of the brochure promoting girls’ educationA full-colour print-optimised A4 brochure, Go Girls! promoting the essential points of the ‘campaign for Girls Education’ in Turkey is available to download in English. [PDF 1.1MB]

UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy visited Turkey for the launch of the girls’ education campaign in the province of Van. Read her opening speech in the UNICEF Turkey Press Centre.

Minister of Education, Dr Hüseyin Çelik spoke to UNICEF Turkey on the subject of girls’ education in this issue of Say Yes.

Read Back to School in the Autumn, 2002, edition of Say Yes.

For more information please contact:

Sema Hosta, UNICEF Ankara:
(+90) 312 454 10 10
Mobile 0533 622 83 46

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