Although the number of out-of-school girls has declined by 52 million since 2000, 63 million girls are still not in school today. According to the most recent UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, girls are twice as likely as boys never to enroll in school.
Barriers to girls’ education are complex and multifaceted. In addition to unfavorable school environments, they can include discriminatory social and cultural factors, early marriage and school-related violence.
The Global Partnership for Education supports countries to develop, finance and implement gender-responsive education sector plans. Interventions made in GPE partner developing countries have allowed the percentage of girls completing primary school to increase from 54% in 2000 to 69% in 2013.
If the world commits to breaking down the barriers to quality education for all girls, we can unlock their potential and make important strides towards ending extreme poverty.
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