Women’s and Girls Education Policy Brief
Across the world, 69 million children do not go to primary school. 54% are girls. Once in school, girls are faced with numerous challenges and are more likely than boys to stop attending before they complete primary education. Girls also have significantly less chance of progressing to secondary school in many parts of the world. Of the 759 million adults lacking literacy skills, two-thirds are women – a share that has actually increased slightly over the last decade. Poor and marginalised women and girls are disproportionately affected, with factors such ethnicity, disability and location dramatically worsening a girl’s chance of entering and completing school. These facts highlight a scandalous denial of human rights.
This briefing explains what happens when girls get the opportunity to have good quality education, and how it affects both their individual life chances and capacity to contribute to economic and social development. It also highlights the factors that keep girls marginalised, and what can be done to get more girls in the classroom and learning the skills that can transform their lives. It also highlights effective measures to give second chance learning to women who have missed out.