Photo Essays

Through stories about children, families, schools and communities, this section puts names and faces on the statistics.

A Day in the Life of a girl in Papua New Guinea
A Day in the Life of a girl in Papua New Guinea
Emily Olto’s family is too poor to pay school fees and, like many girls in the area, Emily almost had to drop out. Thanks to a government scholarship, she can stay in school and study her favourite subject, writing.
 
Girls’ education in rural Kenya
Girls’ education in rural Kenya
Regional disparities threaten to undermine progress towards education for all in Kenya.
 
Southern Sudan: Changing the Odds for Girls
Southern Sudan: Changing the Odds for Girls
Only one per cent of girls complete primary school in southern Sudan, a legacy of poverty, two decades of conflict and a tradition of early marriage.
 
A Day in the Life of a Senegalese Schoolgirl
A Day in the Life of a Senegalese Schoolgirl
Aminata Kâ, 14, pictured here with her mother, lives outside Dakar, Senegal. Many girls in her neighbourhood can’t finish primary school because they have to support their families.
 
Collective community fund pays for girls’ education
Collective community fund pays for girls’ education
In Papua New Guinea's isolated highlands, where Tine Samson, 16, lives, many people survive as subsistence farmers and lack the cash for their children’s school fees