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Gender gap to dividend

Why we can’t afford to neglect boys' education

The ‘gender gap’ is a worldwide phenomenon usually associated with deep rooted inequalities that hold women and girls back across many spheres of life. However, in the context of education it has evolved to mean different things in different parts of the world. With 15 million girls of primary school age predicted to never even get the chance to learn to read or write compared with 10 million boys, the spotlight has rightly focused on girls in the poorest regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, where for too many education remains out of reach. Yet, globally, of the 264 million children and young people out of school, half are boys. This blog explores the gender gap and why we cannot afford to neglect the boys when it comes to advancing gender equality in education.

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