Free, safe, quality education is the right of every girl.

But too many girls are still shut out of school because they have to work, are married early, or have to care for younger siblings, denying them their fundamental right to education.

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When girls are educated, everyone benefits.

There are many reasons girls do not continue their schooling including poverty or traditions that do not value girls learning. Girls may drop out to marry, because of violence in or around school, or due to cost. Often there are simply no schools for girls to go to, even if they want to continue to learn.

We challenge the view that a few years of "basic" education is enough. We believe every girl should be able to receive 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

For more information, read the Brookings Report:

What Works in Girls' Education

32 million primary-aged girls are still out of school around the world.

School enrolment rates for girls have improved over the past decade, but more than 30 million girls of primary-school age are still out of school today. Most of them will never enter a classroom.

Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics

98 million more girls are missing out on secondary education.

Millions more are missing out on the final years of secondary schooling but are not being counted.

Girls are often under pressure to drop out of school, even after they complete primary education. Making the transition to secondary education is critical for girls to develop important skills and confidence in order to fulfil their true potential.

Even if they do transition to secondary school, the number of girls who complete upper secondary is very low. We can’t be sure of the numbers because in many developing countries the number of girls (and boys) in or out of upper secondary is not even counted.

We say: Girls count, so count girls!
Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics

In total more than 130 million girls are out of school today.

Too many girls are still shut out of school because they have to work, are married early, or have to care for younger siblings, denying them their fundamental right to education. Girls face violence preventing them from going to school in over 70 countries.

Source: OHCHR 

Girls' education transforms lives, communities and countries.

12 years of quality education gives girls the skills and confidence they need to thrive at home, at work and in their communities. How can we build a healthier, more prosperous and peaceful future if half the population is not empowered through education and enabled to make informed choices about their own lives?

Education is critical to ending child marriage and giving girls and women the confidence and knowledge to take part in the sustainable development of their communities and countries.

Gender equality in education is far from achieved.

In many developing countries, the completion rates and learning levels of girls are lower than those of boys. The poorest, rural girls in developing countries spend on average less than 3 years at school.

At school, girls are often treated differently from boys, and discouraged from taking leadership roles. Lower expectations from families and school communities hinder their performance and achievement. In over 70 countries, girls face violence that prevents them from going to school.

We’re working for 12 years of free, safe, quality education for every girl.

Every girl deserves more than a basic education.

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