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One Campaign An African country has been named as the toughest nation in the world for girls to receive education

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Over 130 million girls are still out of school – that’s over 130 million potential engineers, entrepreneurs and politicians whose leadership the world is missing out on. It’s a global crisis that perpetuates poverty.

play A young girl sits in the shade, while her sister sleeps behind her, at an IDP camp in Baidoa for victims of a drought currently affecting Somalia. ( UN Photo/Tobin Jones)

According to a recent girl education report released by the One campaign, oil-rich South Sudan is the toughest nation in the world for girls to receive an education.

The rankings were compiled using global data on 11 factors that reflect girls’ experience of education, including school completion rates, female literacy and pupil-teacher ratio.

The report indicates that nearly three-quarters (73%) of girls in the country fail to attend even primary school.


Central African Republic, where there is only one teacher for every 80 students, and Niger, where just 17% of women aged 15 to 24 are literate, followed South Sudan on the list.

One campaign estimates that more than 130 million girls worldwide fail to attend school every single day of the year.

Nine of the top 10 most difficult nations for girls to be educated are in sub-Saharan Africa. Afghanistan, which has the highest level of gender disparity in primary school, is the only non-African country to make the list, ranking in fourth place. Chad is fifth, followed by Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ethiopia.

The One Campaign report also calls on leaders to take urgent action to tackle the global education emergency, starting with fully funding the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait.