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The nearly ten-point gender gap in Papua New Guinea threatens to undermine progress towards universal primary education. Close to 80 per cent of boys are enrolled in school, but about 30 per cent of girls are still missing out on an education. The country will have to make an average annual rate of increase of 1.93 overall, and 2.22 for girls, if the MDG is to be met. Improved data collection also must be maintained in order to assess progress.

Key Partnerships in
Girls’ Education

The following organizations are among those working together to advance girls’ education in Papua New Guinea: Australian Government Overseas Aid Program, the European Union and Japan International Cooperation Agency, in addition to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative partners.