The State of the World’s Girls 2012: Learning for Life

We have just celebrated “International Day of the Girl” (see blog post and UNICEF podcast below) so the report on the State of the World’s girls is an important landmark:

The State of the World’s Girls 2012: Learning for Life 
Education Above All

The sixth report in Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, ‘Learning for life’, takes a critical look at the state of girls’ education. The report argues that behind the success of global parity in primary education enrolment figures lies a crisis in the quality of learning.

Enrolment figures measure attendance on one day of the school year, and they are currently the only measure of success. They tell us nothing about real access to education or the quality of what is being taught, or learnt.

All over the world poverty and discrimination continue to have a detrimental effect on girls’ attendance in school. This is particularly true when they reach adolescence and, in many families, a daughter’s domestic and reproductive role takes precedence over her right to education.

Violence in schools, early marriage, pregnancy and housework continue to constitute significant barriers to girls’ education around the world.
The challenge now is to make sure that all girls, however poor, isolated or disadvantaged, are able to attend school on a regular basis and gain a good quality education that equips them for life.

The full report can be found here in English, Spanish, and French.

UNICEF Podcast #65 “Celebrating International Day of the Girl”
UNICEF11 October 2012 marked the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, a day established by the United Nations to highlight the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage”, chosen because child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse and jeopardizes her health.

To discuss the role of education in ending child marriage and enabling girls to reach their full potential, UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke spoke with UNICEF’s Principal Adviser, Gender Rights and Civic Engagement, Dr. Anju Malhotra.

To listen, click here.

Thanks to INEE for reference to both of the above.

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