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Girls’ Education – Why it Matters

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

Girls walk past a U.S. soldier on a patrol with the Iraqi police in Baghdad's Ameen district October 14, 2008. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ) - RTX9JJN

Afghan girls smile as they attend a school in a village outside Kabul October 27, 2002. Girls were barred from formal schooling during the Taliban regime. "In 1978 we had 189 schools in our region. under Taliban rule, only seven of these managed to keep going," said a director of education in Kandahar. Schools are starting up again, but in a primitive way - no books, no chairs or tables, basic teaching equipment and no money to pay teachers. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad BM/JS - RTRCUVY

School girls walk past riot police standing guard outside Hillbrow magistrate court during an appearance of students who were arrested during a protest demanding free education at the Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSS0A7

Muslim girls and their teacher attend a class at Risallah College Primary School in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba. Muslim girls and their teacher attend a class about the acceptance of different faiths in Australian culture at Risallah College Primary School in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba August 29, 2005. Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who is campaigning to gain Muslim support against Islamic extremists, was forced on Monday to reject a call by a senior government member for a ban on the wearing of headscarves by Muslim school students who said they are "becoming the icon, the symbol of the clash of cultures, and it runs much deeper than a piece of cloth". REUTERS/David Gray - RTRLT88

Acehnese school girls walk past Indonesian troops in their village of the sub-district Samalanga outside Lhokseumawe city in the province of Aceh on May 19, 2003. Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has declared martial law in the province, giving the go-head for war against separatist rebels after last-ditch peace talks in Tokyo collapsed. REUTERS/Supri SUPRI/CP - RTRNSW7

Schoolchildren cheer David Beckham and his LA Galaxy team during a training for a friendly soccer match against the Wellington Phoenix side November 30, 2007. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps (NEW ZEALAND) - RTX47IQ

School children wearing costumes walk during a school excursion to a permanent exhibition at Velazquez research centre in Seville May 11, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN SOCIETY) - RTXFOYE

Fatima, 12, attends Arabic classes at Imran Binu Hussein Primary School in the Hodan district, Mogadishu in this September 8, 2013 handout photo provided by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Somali government in partnership with UNICEF launched on Sunday the "Go 2 School" initiative, which aims to get one million Somali children back to school. REUTERS/Colin Delfosse/UNICEF/Handout via Reuters (SOMALIA - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX13D0S

Girls, going to the first grade, attend a festive line-up to mark the upcoming start of another school year in school in Slutsk, some 100 km (62 miles) south of Minsk, August 31, 2013. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Girls’ Education – Why it Matters

A lot has been achieved in women's education. But there is still a long way to go.

Girls’ Education – Why it Matters

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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