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10 toughest places for girls to go to school

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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