The Multipier Effect

In honor of its 50th anniversary, USAID has launched several new initiatives to help improve lives.  USAID is focused on bringing  a new spirit of results-based development to helping people around the world build their own path out of poverty.  A pivotal tool in building this path is improved education.  Through this insightful infographic, USAID demonstrates the multipier effect that  educational investments can have on the lives of individuals around the world.  Below are some of the facts about the impact that education can have on a person’s overall well-being.  It is clear that improved education does not impact learning alone – with more education comes increased health, economic growth, civil societies and food security.

Wages rise 20% for every year beyond 4th grade that a girl remains in school.

There would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.

Each extra year of preschool increases a person’s future productivity by 10-30%.

Countries that raise literacy rates by 20-30% have seen increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 8-16%.

Each 1% increase in the level of women’s education generates 0.3% in additional economic growth.

If all women in Sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives could be saved each year.

Women’s education is responsible for half of the reduction of child mortality over the past 40 years.

In sub-Saharan Africa, investing in girls’ education has the potential to boost agricultural output by 25%.

A farmer with just four years of education is 9% more productive than one with no education.

On average each additional year of schooling for a country’s population reduces the chances of falling into civil war by 3.6%.

People of voting age with a primary education are 1.5 times more likely to support democracy than people with no education.

It’s important to recognized that education can have far-reaching effects.  Making an investment in educational projects can dramatically change a person’s life in unexpected ways.  We’re eager to bring about that change and we hope that you’ll consider helping us!

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