All children and teens at Topu Honis attend the local schools. Upon high school graduation, all efforts are made to assist members to attend university. Children also receive informal education from the staff, Fr. Richard, and each other. They learn agriculture, animal husbandry, cooking, and many other life skills.
Empirical research shows that boosting the status and power of women (usually through formal education) is the fastest path to development. When women are educated at increasing rates, human development indicators rise. Educating girls has a trickle-down effect. Higher rates of education for girls means delayed marriage age and lowest fertility rates, lower child mortality rates, lower malnutrition rates, and higher per capital economic growth. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to “promote gender equality and empower women” was formed out of the recognition that girls’ education is the “single most effective way of reducing poverty.”