> Barriers to Education for Girls

30th of August 2021

Girls, as much as boys, deserve to have an education, it’s a global right, however, in many developing countries, they are not given the same opportunities. The advantages of having educated women in communities are many, including being able to make better choices in life and join the labour market for paid employment.

Approximately 132 million girls do not attend school around the world. Out of these, 34.3 million should be in primary school, 30 million in lower secondary, and 67 million in upper secondary school (UNESCO).

“Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence and fragility.” (World Bank) 

The following are some of the barriers preventing girls accessing or completing their education:

Educating girls should be a global development priority. Women with some levels of education tend to care for their families’ diet and health better; make more informed choices in life, including whom they marry and when; raise educated and happier kids; work and contribute to the betterment of their communities, societies and countries as whole.

READ Foundation’s work aims to overcome all the obstacles to girls’ education by helping poor families with their basic needs, teaching them regarding the importance of sending girls to school, covering their education expenses, building and equipping schools, training teachers and other staff, providing transport, and in general making sure all children feel safe from the moment they leave home until they return.



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