Her Message is Clear: Education First, Marriage Second

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In Niger, almost one-third of all school-age girls will be married before they are fifteen. It’s a scary statistic to think about, isn’t it?

When a girl does wed at such a young age, she will typically drop out of school to focus more on her family. And for us, that’s even more frightening.

The benefits of a good education are numerous, and we shudder to think of so many girls being forced out of an education because marriage at a young age is considered to be more important.

Luckily, not everyone in Niger feels this way about education and marriage. Aïchatou Mohamed, like a growing number of girls in Niger, has chosen to stay in school.

Aïchatou recognizes the importance of an education, and doesn’t foresee dropping out any time in the near future. This brave girl loves to learn and isn’t afraid to show it!

See Aïchatou’s story, and learn more about the state of Niger’s education in this video.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.