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