The two graphs below shows a clear and amazingly strong correlation between Women’s Education and (voluntary) reduction in Birth Rates.
The first graph shows that the rate of population growth has decreased over the last 70 years. The lowest birth rate is in industrial countries, followed by less developed countries at over 2 children per woman, and least developed, still at a shocking 4 children + per woman. The countries which can least afford to care for more people are growing fastest. Still, there is progress seen in this chart.
The second chart, below, shows a dramatic correlation between: Going to highschool & Women having lower birth rates.
Source: EPI or Earth Policy Institute.org UNESCO
It is understood that a correlation is not the same as a causation, but the data is compelling. When 80% of women have a highschool education, birth rate drops dramatically to 2 children per woman or less. This is the sustainabilily goal the planet earth must achieve, by ethical means. Other factors, such as relative affluence and human and women’s rights will affect reduction in birth rates. Which factor is dominant and which ones follow? Does it matter? The drive for education of women (and men) and human rights is essential to a sustainable planet.
(aside – See Factfulness, for information on improvements in early childhood survival rates, and other little known truths about the world)
By focussing expenditures on Women’s Education, women’s rights and improved living conditions will follow..
Progress will be made on all of these fronts more rapidly, at less cost overall, if the spending priority is Education..
Educated women are better equipped to look after children’s health and, possibly, to cope with some crises.
Source: CIA_WFB_TotFertilityRate-GDP-Population_-_Simplified_2016.png. By Gregor Hagedorn
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5 Year Goal:
“Support 1 million girls through secondary school, and on into entrepreneurship and leadership in their communities.” This is enhanced by CAMA, the alumnae association for CAMFED graduates, the largest network of its kind in Africa. Graduates support new girl’s access to highschool, which they would not have otherwise. Highlighted:
“When you educate one, you educate many”.
CAMFED and CAMA are also supported by the Obama Foundation:
Global Girls Alliance for Education
Global Partnership for Education – GPE
The GPE supports extensive programs in developing counties, aimed at children’s education, main in pre-elementary, elementary and secondary education. Literally billions of dollars of programs have been devlivered to 185+ countries. Visit the Global Partnership for Education website to see their page on:
“5 Reasons why girls’ education is a smart investment”
- Saving lives of 100,000s of mothers
- Doubling income for those who complete secondary school
- Sharp reduction in child marriages
- Empowerment, to mange a household, and avoid abuse
- Reducing infant mortality significantly
You can also download the Global Partnership for Education
Results Report for 2018.
BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
Looking toward Education
For two decades the Gates Foundation has worked in a dedicated way to reduce disease in Africa, among other projects. Progress is tracked in an annual Goalkeepers Report. Recently, there has been a shift to include more Education projects, particularly for women. Full details at the Download site.
It is noted that we are at risk of not meeting millenial goals of on-going extreme poverty reduction. Current UN FAO projections (UN food and agriculture organization) are a big flag on poverty and hunger, as seen in the next chart. The Gates Foundation is optimistic that through improved education, as well as healthcare, overall population levels will be lower in key African countries.
Countries like Nigeria and the Congo have the potential to be home to half the world’s extremely poor people by 2050, and need immediate attention. There are ample opportunities to lower the percentage of extremely poor people, as well as ethically reducing overall population. Education is an essential element.
Through education of women (& men) we can make significant changes for the better, in terms of lower total population and fewer people living in poverty.
HUMAN RIGHTS for ALL
This is a massive subject, and has been the focus of Amnesty International and other organizations. Human Rights are such a large and complex subject, this website will not try to encapsulate it. It is best to go straight to the experts, such as Amnesty International.
It is firmly believed that a Sustainable Planet is deeply connected to, and dependent upon, global human rights.
Visit our site page on: Wage Slavery as a Violation of Rights: How widely is it known that poorer countries pay wages of $1.50 / hour for household products consumed by the developed world? That labor is often only 1% of the sale price. Why are human rights and fair, living wages not a part of capitalism and consumerism?
Visit China Labor Watch.org for reports on factories in China, and the surprising range of US companies who acquire products there. Products include many household goods, children’s toys, electronics, clothing and more. Wages are in the range of $1.56 / hour or $12.50 /day. Crowded dormitories and overtime are common.
Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. (Amazon link to purchase the book.)
“Factfulness” was written by Hans Rosling, and his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Ronnlund. The book unveils common misconceptions held by educated persons about the state of the world today. It reveals untruths and encouraging critical thinking. Under-pinning the book, there was extensive research into commonly held beliefs .
“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.”
– Bill Gates
The Roslings show that early childhood survival rate, for children under five, has improved significantly in the last half-century. They produced comprehensive charts on this, modified slightly and shown here. Gates and his wife Melinda have noted that improvement in child survival contributes to mother’s confidence to have fewer children and cite statistics in support of the view.