- In 2011, only 60 per cent of countries had achieved gender parity in primary education and 38 per cent in secondary education.
- Out of approximately 31 million girls of primary school age out of school, roughly 17 million are expected to never enroll in school.
- In the Arab States and sub-Saharan Africa, almost two in three out-of-school girls are expected never to go to school.
- Of the world’s 650 million primary school-age children, at least 250 million are not learning the basics in reading and mathematics, many of whom are girls.
- Despite recent advances in girls’ education, generations of women have been left behind: 493 million adult women are illiterate and account for almost two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults.
- Thousands of girls are kept from school due to poverty; institutional and cultural barriers; pressure for early marriage; lack of safety in getting to school; lack of separate latrines for boys and girls; sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools; and domestic work overload.
- In 44 of the 74 countries analysed in 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, there is at least a 50 year gap between the richest boys and poorest girls in completing lower secondary school. In low income countries, the average gap is 63 years.
- Even in the wealthier Punjab Province in Pakistan, only around half of poor girls in grade 5 could do simple subtraction, compared with more than 80 per cent of rich boys.
- Educating girls is one of the most effective strategies to combat child marriage, especially as they progress to secondary school. When a girl remains in secondary school, she is six times less likely to marry young.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50 per cent more likely to survive past age five.
- If all women in low and lower middle income countries completed secondary education, three million lives of children under five would be saved every year.
- If all women in sub-Saharan Africa completed their primary education, maternal mortality would fall by 70 per cent.
- If all girls had secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia, child marriage would fall by 64 per cent.