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What's going on with women in the education system?

130 million girls between 6 and 17 are out of school and nearly half a billion women worldwide are illiterate. Millions of females around the world are denied the right to an education and will never step foot inside a classroom.

Low budget

The South Sudanese government has just 2.6% of its budget dedicated to education. The country has the highest percentage of uneducated women in the world; a shocking 73% of girls will never step into primary school.

Teacher to student ratio

The ratio of teachers to students in the Central African Republic is the worst in the world. There is an average of 1:80, in comparison to 1:12 in the Netherlands. For the girls who do have the opportunity to go to school, the lack of resources and male favouritism is a heavy hinder on their education.

Current illiteracy rates

17% of girls and women, aged 15-24, in Niger are literate. Most girls are removed from education due to financial issues.  The country has the highest proportion of girls under 18 getting married. As of 2016, 76% of under 18’s in the country were married, little of them progress to further education.

What are the global issues?

Female education goes beyond the classroom; evidence shows that educated girls are healthier, wealthier and more independent members of society. Financial issues cloud the education system for women and girls. Even when school fees are eliminated the cost of uniforms, textbooks and transport deter households. Due to cultural norms, many girls are expected to take care of household duties instead of gaining their education.

Quick stats

Just 1% of girls in Burkina Faso complete secondary school

A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5

On a global scale, there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary schools

A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult

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