First Educate the Girls

“Educating girls is central to any nation transforming itself.”  Julia Gillard, Chair of Global Partnership for Education

Living in any of the most developed nations, people may take for granted that boys and girls will have equal access to educational opportunities. It’s easy to ignore, when surrounded by relative wealth and opportunities, that there is a lack of access to education, particularly for girls, in many of the developing countries. Educate Girls Network (EGN) focuses its work in Liberia, West Africa, assisting young women in getting the university education they need in order to become teachers.

9 Rural School Liberia 2pngA commitment to the education of girls means ensuring that the female population of a nation has completed primary and secondary school education and at every grade level, reading, writing and numeracy standards are met. The option to move into further training at a university or vocational level must be available to all regardless of income or socioeconomic circumstance.

While gender inequality is hidden in employment and earning statistics in a country like Canada, for example, gender inequality in education in less developed nations is more overt. In many parts of the world, it is assumed that women will marry young rather than follow a career. Boys are perceived by parents as being the providers – for their own children – but also for their elderly parents. In many parts of the world, parents with little or no education themselves will often prioritize education for their sons, but not their daughters

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