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Bangladesh Nutrition: Girls Secondary Schooling

Research by Atonu Rabbani looks at how providing stipends to girls could help encourage them to stay in school and receive a secondary education. Rabbani’s analysis shows a strong correlation in Bangladesh between early marriage among girls and dropping out of school. The research suggests that girls who stay in school, have the potential to reduce the age of starting a family and will help to educate future mothers. Better educated girls should also result in an increase in the potential earnings of women and mothers. According to Rabbani’s analysis, every Taka spent would generate a return to society of 12.6 Taka.