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An extra year of education for african girls can increase their eventual wages by 10-20%.
In Africa, children whose mothers who receive five years of primary education are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of five.

The number of out-of-school children in India (6-10 years) decreased by almost 6 million between 2001 and 2003.

57% of the 77 million out of school children are girls.

100 countries now have equal numbers of boys and girls in primary schools, and another 18 are on track to achieve gender parity by 2015.

Every minute an extra 13 children were enrolled in primary education globally between 1991 and 2004.

To reach the goal of full access to primary education 1.6 million teachers need to be hired in Africa alone.

Abolishing school fees for parents in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya has helped more than 1,000,000 extra children to enrol in primary school, in each country.

There are 94 girls in primary school for every 100 boys up from 92 in 1999.

In Yemen nearly 200,000 more girls started school in 2004 than in 2002.

38 million children do not go to school in Africa.

Between 2000 and 2004 Niger enrolled 400,000 new pupils and recruited more than 10,000 new teachers.

In 1999, over 1,000,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa lost their teachers to AIDS.

Around 1 in 3 of children not in school live in ‘fragile states’ (where the government is either unwilling or unable to deliver services). Many of these states are affected by conflict.

At the current rate of progress, at least 75 countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, will not achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.


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