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10 toughest places for girls to go to school

South Sudan has been named as the worst place in the world for education for girls

On the UN’s International Day of the Girl, the development campaign, One, has created a ranking for the toughest places for girls to get an education.

The rankings were based on the proportion of girls without a primary school place; the proportion of girls without a secondary school place; the proportion of girls completing primary school; the proportion of girls completing secondary school; the average number of years girls attend school and female illiteracy rates.

Others are teacher training levels; the teacher-pupil ratio and public spending on education.

Unsurprising, all but one on the list are in Africa. They are:

South Sudan: the world’s newest country has faced much violence and war, with the destruction of schools and families forced from their homes. Almost three-quarters of girls do not even make it to primary school

Central African Republic: one teacher for every 80 pupils

Niger: only 17% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 are literate

Afghanistan: wide gender gap, with boys more likely to be in school than girls

Chad: many social and economic barriers to girls and women getting education

Mali: only 38% of girls finish primary school

Guinea: the average time in education among women over the age of 25 is less than one year

Burkina Faso: only 1% of girls complete secondary school

Liberia: almost two-thirds of primary-age pupils out of school

Ethiopia: two in five girls are married before the age of 18