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One in three poorest girls across the world has never been to school

By ITS Education Asia


ChalkFace has been reporting on a range of programs and efforts to try to improve female education around the Globe, and  this article from The Independent shows the poor state of access that girls have to education in many locations.

Nearly one in three adolescent girls from the poorest households around the world have never been to school, the United Nations has warned. Gender discrimination, poverty and ethnicity are among the barriers that are stopping the poorest children from getting a good education, a report from Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, has found. It comes as UK education secretary Gavin Williamson told more than 100 ministers from around the world that a decent education should be a “universal right” not a luxury for those in the richest nations.

Henrietta Fore, executive director of Unicef, said “As long as public education spending is disproportionately skewed towards children from the richest households, the poorest will have little hope of escaping poverty, learning the skills they need to compete and succeed in today’s world, and contributing to their countries’ economies.” The findings were published as education ministers from 120 countries gathered for the Education World Forum in London.

One hopes that more will be done to help girls from those poorest countries have better access to educational opportunities.

 

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