Education is every girl’s right. But without access to education, young women will neither claim their rights nor have the power to make their own choices, denying them a life of dignity and security.

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  • Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality
  • In 2009, approximately 35 million girls were out of school compared to 3.1 million boys
  • Almost ½ of the world’s out of school girls are in Sub Saharan Africa and ¼ are in South Asia
  • Globally, more males are completing primary school than girls


An adolescent girl stands on the bridge to adulthood.  If she remains in school and stays healthy she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children and make an income that will be invested back into her family.

We know that education is a lifesaver for a girl but did you know that a mother’s reading skills are linked to a girl’s survival and achievement?

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