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The Toughest Places for Girls to Get an Education

Chatham House, London

Participants

Adetokunbo Omisade, Youth Ambassador and Education Campaigner
Dr Alice Jowett, Policy Manager, Education, ONE
Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development (2015-2016)
Chair: Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development, University College London

Overview

Despite widespread international recognition of the human right to education, over 130 million girls currently find themselves out of school. The importance of 12 years of formal education is critical in giving girls the chance to contribute to their community, grow the economy and advocate for their own rights and betterment.

Following the International Day of the Girl on 11 October, our panel will discuss the findings of The ONE Campaign's new report detailing the top ten toughest places for girls to have access to good quality education. Why are the girls in these countries, nine of which are in Africa, being left behind? And what can be done to ensure these children and young women are afforded the opportunities that come hand-in-hand with an education?

2018 offers huge opportunities with the replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education followed by the G7 in Canada and G20 in Argentina. Will this be the year the world turns the tide on the global education crisis?