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As affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “everyone has the right to education”. UNESCO’s Convention against Discrimination in Education underlines the need to promote equal opportunity and treatment. Education is a means of ensuring that girls and boys have an equal opportunity in life. Most of the 100 million children deprived of access to primary education are girls. Most live in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and West Asia and the Arab States. In rural Africa, about 70% of girls do not finish primary school. Women account for 64% of the adults worldwide who cannot read and write with understanding. Only 88 adult women are considered literate for every 100 literate adult men...Read more

Date 13 Jun 2006
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