Girls’ Education – Why it Matters

By Danielle Pope

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JANUARY 27 : Bangladeshi school students rise up  with books during a book-reading competition on January 27, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

This competition was organized by Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (World-Literature Center) 

PHOTOGRAPH BY Zakir Chowdhury / Barcroft Images via Getty Images
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JANUARY 27 : Bangladeshi school students rise up with books during a book-reading competition on January 27, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This competition was organized by Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (World-Literature Center) PHOTOGRAPH BY Zakir Chowdhury / Barcroft Images via Getty Images
A lot has been achieved in women's education. But there is still a long way to go.

Noble Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai, has said, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”

Unfortunately, many children still struggle with access to education, particularly girls and young women who still are not afforded the same rights as men.

According to the ABC News, there are 65 million girls worldwide, who are not in school. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. Of the 123 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who cannot read or write, 61 per cent of them are women.

Education has the power to transform these girls’ lives. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20 per cent more as an adult. Girls who are educated are four times less likely to marry as children. What’s more, educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school; proving that the benefits of educating women carry on for future generations.

To highlight this cause, and celebrate the achievements of so many girls and women worldwide, we have created a gallery of images showing girls learning around the world.

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