Girls' Education

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Sources: UNESCO, 2013; UNESCO, 2012; Girls Not Brides, 2013; PMNCH, 2013; UNESCO, 2012

Facts and Figures

31 million girls of primary school age are not enrolled in school. The picture is different for girls and boys.

Enrollment rates in sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Entering School: 100 girls per 100 boys
  • Primary School: 92 girls per 100 boys
  • Secondary Education:  84 girls per 100 boys
  • Tertiary Education: 61 girls per 100 boys

Why do girls drop out?

  • Child marriage
  • School fees
  • Sexual violence
  • Lack of sanitary facilities

But ... If we could keep girls in school beyond grade 7, they would be:

  • More likely to marry 4 years later
  • Less likely to die in pregnancy/childbirth
  • More likely to have an average of 2.2 fewer children
  • More likely to have healthier children
  • More likely to send their children to school

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