Girls’ Education – The facts
Millions of females around the world are still being denied an education. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report:
PRIMARY SCHOOL: There are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school. Of these 17 million are expected never to enter school. There are 4 million fewer boys than girls out of school. Three countries have over a million girls not in school. In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls out of school.
SKILLS: Slow educational progress for children today will have lifelong effects: Almost a quarter of young women aged 15-24 today in developing countries have never completed primary school and so lack skills for work. Young women make up 58% of those not completing primary school.
LITERACY: Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.