UN reports huge gender gap in education
A new United Nations reports shows a majority of the 115 million children worldwide who are excluded from receiving an education are girls. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two countries with the widest gender gaps in education. The Progress for Children report states that barriers to achieving gender parity in education include poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict. Though the report shows that more children are attending school overall, a quantum leap and an extra $5.6 billion a year in aid are needed to reach the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.
According to the Executive Director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy, The goal of universal primaryÂ education with equal opportunity for girls and boys is realistic. It is affordable, it is achievable and whats more, its our childrens birthright. Education is about more than just learning. In many countries its a life-saver, especially where girls are concerned. A girl out of school is more likely to fall prey to HIV/AIDS and less able to raise a healthy family, reports UN News Service.