Because I am a girl: Learning for life

Plan International The state of the world's girls, 2012; Learning for Life Download publication

Critical report on the state of girls’ education and the barriers preventing access.

Research has shown that keeping girls in education can help to reduce their vulnerability to HIV.

This report, which is part of Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, argues that despite improvements in primary education enrolment, there is a crisis in the quality of learning available to girls.

The report highlights how limited livelihood options and discrimination can have a detrimental effect on girls’ access to education. This is particularly true during adolescence. The report shows that in many families, a daughter’s domestic and reproductive role takes precedence over her right to education.

The report points to issues such as violence in schools, early marriage, pregnancy and housework, which continue to constitute significant barriers to girls’ education around the world.



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