A new World Bank report says Tanzania could reap huge economic benefits if it ends child marriage and expand education for girls.
According to the report, educating girls and ending child marriage could accelerate development progress and the reduction of poverty in Tanzania.
The report published by the World Bank says the perpetuation of child marriage and the lack of education for girls would lead to lower earnings for women, substantial health risks, higher intimate partner violence, higher population growth, and higher poverty among other impacts.
Titled, “The Power of Investing in Girls,” the 11th Tanzania economic update released today shows that notwithstanding a declining trend, almost one in three girls still marry before the age of 18 in Tanzania, whether through formal or informal unions.
Almost one in four girls have their first child before the age of 18. Partly because of this, the completion rate for secondary school for girls in the country remains very low.
Among key recommendations, the economic update calls for greater investment in girls’ education, providing economic opportunities for girls who are out of school and cannot go back to school, and imparting adolescent girls with life skills and reproductive health knowledge.