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The State Of Girls’ Education Globally

Submitted by solomon on Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:04
African schoolgirl alone in classroom
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It was estimated by UNESCO that 31 million girls who were of primary age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age were out of school in 2013. This is an issue we have faced for years and not enough has been done to stop it. Here are some questions you should be asking yourselves:

Where is there a lack of education for girls?

Schoolgirl in Pakistan.
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There are millions of primary age 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. There are also 34 million female adolescents out of school. Young women make up 58% of those not completing primary school. Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female. 

What is the importance of education for girls?

Indian schoolgirls on laptops.
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There was a time when people thought that it was not necessary to educate girls, but we are in the modern age. Girls are competing with men in all spheres of life. There are some who oppose girls’ education. I think it’s vital you know this because we want to change for our futures and for those in the future who can achieve great things. Remember, the education you have is awesome and be grateful for it.

How can you help?

There are many ways you could help. First, educate yourself by researching the issue on the internet and then tell those around you about the issues surrounding girl’s education around the world. If you want to go the extra mile you can donate to many organisations such as smilefoundationindia.org, care.org and Malala.org. There are many more organisations you can find... just search it up!

By Ipek