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Poverty Is Sexist These are the 9 toughest countries in Africa for a girl to get an education

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African countries toughest for a girl to get an education are all fragile states and among the poorest in the world.

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A ground-breaking report by policy and advocacy organisation ONE Campaign has revealed the toughest places for a girl to get an education.

Out of the ten toughest countries they’ve identified, nine of them are in Africa and all of them are among the poorest in the world.

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.

Business Insider Sub Saharan Africa has compiled the nine toughest countries in Africa to educate a girl.


1. South Sudan-(SCORE (15.93 OF 100)3

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73% of girls in South Sudan do not go to primary school. And South Sudan’s government spends just 2.6% of its total budget on education.


2. Central African Republic-(SCORE (17.75 OF 100)3

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In the Central African Republic, there is 1 teacher for every 80 students (as opposed to 1 teacher for every 12 students in the Netherlands and for every 15 students in the United States).


3. Niger- (SCORE (21.50 OF 100)3

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Only 17% of girls and women (ages 15-24) in Niger are literate.


4. Chad - (SCORE (27.16 OF 100)3

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Chad is ranked as one of the 5 worst-performing countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, indicating that women and girls in Chad face a broader range of legal, social and economic barriers. It is 5th toughest in the world but 4th in Africa


5. Mali-(SCORE (29.28 OF 100)3

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In Mali, less than half (38%) of girls have completed primary school.


6. Guinea-(SCORE (30.35 OF 100)3

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In Guinea, women (ages 25 and above) have on average attended school for less than 1 year.


7. Burkina Faso- (SCORE (33.03 OF 100)3

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Just 1% of girls in Burkina Faso complete secondary school.


8. Liberia- (SCORE (36.20 OF 100)3

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Nearly two-thirds of primary school-aged girls in Liberia are out of school.


9. Ethiopia-(SCORE (36.79 OF 100)3

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In Ethiopia, 2 in every 5 girls are married before their 18th birthday, and nearly 1 in 5 marries before age 15.