06.03.2015 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Left Behind – Girls’ Education in Africa

What would your life be like with only five years of schooling? For many African girls, this is the most education they can expect and they are the lucky ones. Across the region, 28 million girls roughly between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school, and many will never even set foot in a classroom.

International Women’s Day (8 March) is an occasion to celebrate the tremendous progress achieved in girls’ access to education. But it is also a stark reminder of the millions of girls who are being left behind, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.  

A new interactive data tool from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) shows the progress to date and the challenges ahead as the international community crafts the next set of global education targets beyond 2015.

Left Behind – Girls’ Education in Africa lets you explore a wide range of data for the region and beyond. How many years of school can girls expect to receive? To what extent are girls enrolling in primary and lower secondary school compared to boys? And what about the classroom conditions that are shaping the learning experiences of girls across the continent? How many schools have access to electricity, drinking water and separate toilets for girls and boys?

Left Behind gives you the facts to help get girls’ education at the top of the next global development agenda. So don’t just explore the data – use them! We urge you to share this new tool, embed it on your websites and blogs, and have your say on what needs to change on Twitter (#leftbehind).   

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