The Toughest Place for a Girl to Get an Education
'Educating girls can change the world.'
Wednesday of this week was International Day of the Girl Child, as marked by the UN. The aim of the day is to highlight the needs and challenges girls around the world face, while promoting their empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
To honour the day, development organisation One released a list of the 10 toughest places for a girl to get an education. This list placed war-torn South Sudan as the number one toughest country for girls to get an education above mainly African countries (Central African Republic, Niger, Chad, Mali, and Burkino Faso to name a few). According to the report, a staggering 73% of girls in South Sudan do not even go to primary school. And South Sudan’s government spends just 2.6% of its total budget on education, meaning even girls that do go to school may still receive poor teaching and learn little.
The list was written to identify places where girls’ education needs to become top priority and are based on factors such as pupil-teacher ratios, the proportion of girls competing primary school, public spending on education, and female literacy rate.
As the report points out, educating girls can change … read more