The case for investing in girls’ education is backed by decades of research on global development. When girls are educated, child and early marriage rates decrease, families are smaller and healthier, infant and maternal mortality rates go down, wages go up, and GDP grows. Educating girls is also one of the top means of addressing climate change.
Pakistan’s stability is globally significant geo-politically, economically, and environmentally. With the second highest population of out-of-school-children globally, Pakistan is struggling to address this education crisis with 44% of children ages 5-16 not enrolled in school. Increasing access to education will strengthen the local economy, decrease vulnerability to extremism, and increase local capacity to address significant economic, social, and political challenges.
Historically a marginalized and underserved region of northern Pakistan, Baltistan has some of the highest out-of-school children rates in the country and is especially vulnerable to political and economic instability. It is also home to the largest glacial volume in the world, making it most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Without education, girls and women are less equipped to adapt subsistence-based farming practices in the face of the global climate crisis.