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Education, training can cut early marriage by a third
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Education, training can cut early marriage by a third
Educating girls could lead to a reduction of early marriage by a third, according to a report attempting to prevent child marriage in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh happens to be among the five top countries in the world with a high rate of child marriage. In terms of absolute number of children getting married, Bangladesh ranks second only to India in the entire world.

According to surveys, more than 60% women report being married off before turning 18.

A project of the Population Council’s Bangladesh chapter evaluated the success of three methods to delay girls’ marriage till they were of age.

The study, initiated in 2012, covered over 9,000 girls between 12 and 18, from 72 communities in Khulna, Satkhira and Narail where early marriage is highly prevalent.

The girls received lessons in maths and English, training in their rights, critical thinking and decision-making, or jobs-based training over a year and a half. They also met with mentors every week.

Girls in a control group of 24 communities received no services.

The results, published last month, show that the girls receiving extra activities were one-third less likely to be married as children.

Those with extra knowledge or life-skills training were 31% less likely to be married. Those who received jobs training were 23% less likely to marry.

The NGO, which conducts research on health and development topics, said efforts to tackle child marriage need to start early, provide skills training so girls can thrive, and should involve the community. The Balika project was most successful in delaying marriage among girls under 16 and in school.

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