- Girls Rising
Girls Rising is a fantastic documentary about the power of educating a girl. Also check out this fact sheet for statistics sited in the film. Some of the facts include:
- There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school.
- In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.
- A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult
- Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school
Kakenya Ntaiya is from Kenya and demanded she get an education! Check out these videos to learn more about her.
EDUCATION IN UGANDA
- Girls Education in Uganda
- According to UNICEF, approximately 35% of girls drop out of school because of early marriage and 23% do so because of early pregnancy.
- In Uganda, the teenage pregnancy rate is 24% with regional variations. This increases to 34% in the poorest households. In rural areas 24% of girls experience early pregnancy compared with 16% of wealthier households and 21% of urban girls.
- The practice of early marriage is still prevalent in Uganda and is highly associated with lower female access to secondary education.
- In 2013, Uganda was ranked 16th among 25 countries with the highest rates of early marriages, with 46% of girls marrying before 18 years, and 12% before they are 15 years.
- In regions where girls are married before the legal age of 18, female secondary education is lower.
EDUCATION IN KENYA
- Girls Education in Kenya
- In regions that experience high poverty rates and low levels of gender equality, as little as 19 percent of the girls in the region are enrolled in local primary schools.
- Although primary education may now be free in Kenya, families are still responsible for providing the children with the necessary equipment to attend these primary schools – In rural Kenya, one in two girls is married by age 19.
- The legal marriage age is 16.
- The percentage of girls getting married below the age of 18 is 30.5 percent.
EDUCATION IN CANADA
- Women and Education in Canada
Progress is possible!
Women have progressed considerably in terms of education and schooling [in Canada] over the past few decades. Just 20 years ago, a smaller percentage of women than men aged 25 to 54 had a post secondary education. Today, the situation is completely different. Education indicators show that women generally do better than men. This gap in favour of women is even noticeable at a young age, since girls often get better marks than boys in elementary and secondary school.
As well, more girls than boys earn their high school diploma within the expected time frame and girls are less likely to drop out. More women than men enrol in college and university programs after completing their high school education. A greater percentage of women leave these programs with a diploma or degree. Despite all that, certain challenges persist: women’s employment earnings are on average still lower than men’s, even when they have the same education level.