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Ten toughest places for girls to go to school


On the UN’s International Day of the Girl, the development campaign, One, has created a ranking for the toughest places for girls to get an education.

All but one on the list are in Africa:

South Sudan: the world’s newest country has faced much violence and war, with the destruction of schools and families forced from their homes. Almost three-quarters of girls do not even make it to primary school.

Central African Republic: one teacher for every 80 pupils.

Niger: only 17% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 are literate.

Afghanistan: wide gender gap, with boys more likely to be in school than girls.

Chad: many social and economic barriers to girls and women getting education.

Mali: only 38% of girls finish primary school.

Guinea: the average time in education among women over the age of 25 is less than one year.

Burkina Faso: only 1% of girls complete secondary school.

Liberia: almost two-thirds of primary-age pupils out of school.

Ethiopia: two in five girls are married before the age of 18.