An estimated 66 million children around the world are out of school; most of them girls. Investing in girls’ education is a fundamental to reducing global poverty, yet millions of girls face huge challenges when it comes to accessing educational opportunities.
The Huffington Post - While Most Kids Wrapped Up 1st Week Of School, 31 Million Girls Were Kept Out Of Classrooms
Across the globe, students stocked up on fresh supplies and caught up with old classmates last week. But for 31 million girls, there were no teachers to meet, no first-day jitters to quell and no new homework to get cracking on.
As I entered the hut, I paused. Pulling the end of my dupatta (piece of cloth used by women to cover their chest and head), I wiped off perspiration from my brow. Mariam came forward to greet me and holding my hand, led me inside her hut.
Up until two months ago, 13-year-old Sangita Devi had never set foot in a school. She grew up in a household in India where she and her older sister assumed all of the responsibilities while her two brothers were in school.
Half of the world’s out-of-school children live in conflict-affected areas. Getting those children back to school can save their lives, their health – and their futures.
In a country overwhelmed by refugee children, the schools had no room for her.
Hanan, age 8, lives in a Jordanian slum with her mother and four siblings.