The State of the World’s Girls 2012: Learning for life

2012 report

Plan’s annual report on the world’s
girls investigates how their needs
and rights are often ignored and
shows why girls need to be treated
differently from boys and women.

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Enrolling girls in school
is just the beginning

The real story behind the
global enrolment statistics

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What does the future hold for girls?
2012’s key opportunity to change
girls’ education for good

View pages 12-13

How to keep adolescent
girls in education

A clear action plan for
girl-friendly schools

View pages 122-123
The report

The sixth report in Plan’s annual State of the World’s Girls series, ‘Learning for life’, takes a critical look at the state of girls’ education. The report argues that behind the success of global parity in primary education enrolment figures lies a crisis in the quality of learning.

Enrolment figures measure attendance on one day of the school year, and they are currently the only measure of success. They tell us nothing about real access to education or the quality of what is being taught, or learnt.

All over the world poverty and discrimination continue to have a detrimental effect on girls’ attendance in school. This is particularly true when they reach adolescence and, in many families, a daughter’s domestic and reproductive role takes precedence over her right to education.

Violence in schools, early marriage, pregnancy and housework continue to constitute significant barriers to girls’ education around the world.

The challenge now is to make sure that all girls, however poor, isolated or disadvantaged, are able to attend school on a regular basis and gain a good quality education that equips them for life.

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Published by: Plan October 2012


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